Today marks the last day of our 21 day Daniel Fast (and... I've already got the coffee-maker ready for Sunday morning!).
It's interesting how this year's fast was so different from that of 2009. Certainly, the fact that our diet was not the same as that of last year has a role in the different fast experience. While our 2009 fast consisted of mainly salads, vegetables, and fruit, we chose to include nuts, legumes, and whole grains for 2010. And even though this change left me more satiated, I still found myself feeling somehow - full, yet unfulfilled - in the food department. Perhaps it was because of this feeling that I found myself fasting complete meals more often than I did in 2009. And while such a practice does make one feel hungry, such physical nudges are harnessed by the mind as reminders of God's mercy, grace, love, authority, majesty, and power.
Sure, I've been thinking about doing my awesome (imo) smoked ribs, or homemade pepperoni pizza (this time with some mushrooms on top). I've sat and watched Diners, Dives, and Drive-Ins, and got the urge to make our own shredded beef tacos, along with fresh (or homemade?) corn tortillas, hot off the griddle. And then there's our homemade spaghetti, with a meaty tomato sauce that's been prepped with tons of garlic and steeped in red wine. Besides that, I've been looking forward to grabbing a double-meat burger, fries and chocolate shake, from IN-N-OUT. And all the while, I've come to the point of thanking God for the wonder He has created... the sights, sounds, textures, smells, and tastes. The love and care He has for us, created in His image, to not simply give us nourishment - but to lavish upon us a richness of the senses.
If the bread we eat, which we do not live alone by, is so rich, then how much more so is the Bread of Life? How sweet on the lips is the Word of God?
So, as the crackling sizzle of bacon permeates off the pan, as the intoxicating aroma of coffee wafts its way through the house, as the dark crimson enchilada sauce engulfs your enchiladas, as the tender morsel of pulled pork melts in your mouth, and as the enigmatic flavor of dark chocolate excites your taste buds, remember to thank our Heavenly Father, for His Love.
- Image, © 2009 A. R. Lopez