I'm into Day 3 of my Daniel fasting experiment of giving up meat. I chose Lent to do this not for spiritual reasons but because I thought people would be less freaked out about the announcement of my change in diet and therefore not bug me about it.
Boy, was I wrong!
Many people have shared their opinions. I've been cautioned, called crazy, and more. Amazing. So I am upping the ante. I'm going to make it spiritual after all.
Turns out there are many books available for following a fruit and vegetable "Daniel fast" along with daily devotions with a purpose of bringing you closer to God. I got one of those books. It's 21 days of selective fasting and praying.
In our technoligically savvy society, we think we have all the answers. We know all about everything we care to know about, and if we don't know, we look it up on the internet. The more we think we know, the less we may think we need God. I want to take a purposeful step toward Him. There are many examples fasting and praying in the Bible, and Jesus even said, "..when you fast," not "..if you fast." We don't, as a culture, fast. We look suspiciously at those who do. Yet, Jesus said, "...when you fast..."
I guess what I'm saying is that the negative feedback I've been getting about fasting from meat has made me realize that I need to look at this from a spiritual point of view. I wouldn't be here without God's love and grace. He deserves my full attention.