My church is beginning 2012 by doing a corporate fast. We, as a body, are seeking a year of fulfilled promises. Isaiah 55:10-11 states
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
We are doing a 21 day Daniel Fast. I've never done a fast like this before; I've done 1 day full fasts from all food, allowing only water. This fast is different. This fast allows fruits, vegetables, unprocessed whole grain, and beans. It is based on the diet Daniel requested in the first chapter of the book of Daniel. I won't go into the details of the fast requirements here; if you wish to pursue it further, there are various sites that would be of more help that I could list.
I'm more interested in what God is going to do with me, as I purposely take this time to spend with Him.
Over the last, say 3 weeks, I'm seeing a change. It's an expectancy of sorts, like something is going to happen. I'm getting the feeling like I need to fasten my imaginary seatbelt because the ride is going to be unlike anything I've ever experienced. I'm not scared. I'm not fearful or panic-y. I know it's something I cannot rush to happen. I'm waiting to see.
I've learned to wait on God; He brought me through birthing pains last year. I was in a desert place for the 9 months of that preparation. This doesn't feel like that. During that time, I was unable to worship or journal; I could barely pray. I just kept waiting to get out of the dark place I was trapped in.
This is different. I'm being shown Kingdom things I can do- people I can mentor, Kid's stories and teaching, and encouraging others to seek His face. I'm actively reading His Word, worshipping, and praying.
My word for this year is DETERMINATION. I'm thinking of it as the opposite of procrastination, which is a habit that has dogged me for years.
Our pastor preached on Romans 12:2 from the NLT- Change the way I think. If the way I've always done things isn't working, why am I still doing it?
I know it's easier to do yourself into new thinking than it is to think yourself into new doing.
This may all seem like random utterances, and in effect, they are. There are so many thoughts surrounding this next 21 days.
But of this one thing, I am sure.
Wherever He takes me will be better than where I've been.