February 14th marked the beginning of the Lenten season. If you’re unfamiliar with what Lent is, here’s a little video:
This year, just prior to Lent, a coworker told me about “The Daniel Fast”. I’ve found fasting and prayer to be very beneficial in the past, so I thought I’d look into it. Here’s what I found:
Daniel 1:12, which states, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables [pulses] to eat and water to drink.” (3)
Daniel 10: 2-3, which says, “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”
Daniel and his fellow countrymen showed a great deal of perseverance and self-control to be able to resist the rich decadent foods of King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel didn’t want to break Mosaic Law. Daniel would fast later in the book, for 3 weeks to prepare himself, spiritually. Always up for a challenge, I thought this was just the test for me.
So, on the 14th I began my fast of vegetables and water, which is much stricter than what the fast I found online calls for, only breaking the fast on Sundays. I also began reading the Book of Daniel. The first 4 days were tough. Low energy, tired, just real blah. I thought maybe I was getting the flu that had been going around. On the 5th day though, I woke up feeling great! Now I’m 2 and half weeks into it and food tastes better, and not just any food, nutritious food. Most of you know, I love a good cheese burger. I went to my favorite burger joint on Sunday and was no longer impressed! I ate a doughnut and couldn’t finish the whole thing! I no longer crave sugar or caffeine. I think my skin looks healthier and I’ve dropped 7 pounds. My favorite foods have become vegetables!
The Daniel Fast calls for 3 weeks, 21 days. Lent runs for almost 6 weeks, 40 days if you don’t count Sundays. I’m excited to see what amazing changes will occur over the next 3 and a half weeks and, with Gods help; I certainly hope the habits I build will stick with me for a long time.