Life in the Fast Lane
As I was putting together this post, I was trying to think of something clever to have as the title and as I chose the one that is posted, I couldn’t help but laugh at it because it looks like it’s a title for racing or song title for the Eagles song. That is far from what I am going to say in this post. This doesn’t have anything to do with racing or the Eagles so if that’s you’re expecting, sorry, not sorry. If you somehow just stumbled upon this post and have no idea what’s going on, then I hope and pray that it wasn’t by accident. I hope whoever reads this will be blessed by it, as I was blessed also.
What is a fast? A fast is something that a person does to abstain from food or certain foods, especially for religious reasons. In Christianity, fasting is done in order that we can become more humble and closer to God. This is the season of a fast. Don’t believe me? Have you ever heard of Lent? Lent is something that some denominations and Christians observe for the forty days before Easter where they give up something that they enjoy. That’s frankly the end of it though. Some people just give up stuff in their lives because it’s “the thing” to do. I’ve heard numerous people every year ask, “What are you giving up for Lent this year?” And it makes me laugh because it’s almost the same as asking, “What are you going as for Halloween this year?” Lent isn’t something that you should just do because it’s something “fun” to do. It should be taken seriously and should be done in order to grow closer to God.
But why would we want to grow closer to God? How do we even do that? The time we live in is so distracted and self seeking that we might even sometimes forget who God really is and what He wants to do in our lives and through our lives. We have social media that consumes our lives, the worst of it in my opinion being Instagram. It’s like people post pictures every day, if not multiple a day just to inform people how their lives are going and as long as they have a #Godisgood or #blessed, everything is justifiable. I’m not saying that’s wrong, but it isn’t right either. The question to always ask is, “Am I bringing glory to God and to Him only?”
To fast, is to cut out anything, whether food, media, entertainment, electronics, etc. that might be keeping us from drawing close to God. In Isaiah 58:1–12, we can read what it looks like to fast from something in order to seek God, and the promises that are there when we do so. In Isaiah 58:11–12, we can see that through fasting, God blesses us in ways that we cannot imagine. He gives us hope and empowerment to live our lives faithfully for Him.
Isaiah 58:11–12 ESV
11 And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.
12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.
This promise of the outcome of fasting is so important for us to realize because as we can see in verse 12, it doesn’t just help us, but it also raises up the foundations of many generations. What this means is that for me and my calling to serve the Lord to the best of my capability, I must humble myself before Him and He will bless me and guide me continually. Not only will this have a lasting impact on my life, but also the life of my unborn children, and their children.
This hope and restoration doesn’t just affect me and my family, but it affects the people around me. I want to give an example now of what this looks like, not of my life but of a family friends that I hold dear to my heart…
I grew up in Port Huron, Michigan and there was a family that had incredible impact in my life as well as others. If you visit Colonial Woods Missionary Church in Port Huron, there is a good chance you’ll cross paths with one of the Wurmlinger’s. Mike and Jeni Wurmlinger are the fantastic parents of three incredible kids; Jordan, Macy, and Grace. The love of Christ that they pour into the lives of their children and the people around them is incredible, their humility in serving the Lord is commendable, and their faithfulness to His calling is contagious. I know that beyond a shadow of a doubt, Mike and Jeni have raised their kids to serve the Lord in every way, seeking Him and practicing self-discipline, including fasting. With that said, I am going to tell you about their 17 year old, Macy.
It’s hard to believe that Macy is 17 years old because I remember when she was born. For her entire life, she has always had a sweet and selfless spirit about her. She has always had a gentle heart for the hurting and afflicted. A few weeks ago, she posted something on Facebook that she was gathering materials to give out to the less fortunate in the Port Huron area. It came to no surprise to me this past Sunday that I read an article about her selfless act of reaching out to the lost and broken. She’s 17 years old, and she’s making an impact in the lives of people she doesn’t even know. Why? Because she is faithful to God’s calling in her life. She is abiding in His Spirit to practice power, love, and self-discipline. Not only should she be commended for her faithfulness, but so should her parents for raising her to be like this. Mike and Jeni are blessed, Macy is blessed, and many other generations are blessed because of her faithfulness to God’s calling.
In closing, I write this because we are all capable of what Macy is doing. We just aren’t as brave and unashamed as she is. So I have questions I want to ask. Are you seeking after the Lord? Are you aware of the gifts He has given you? Are you humbling yourself to God in order for Him to live and love through you? If you aren’t, what do you need to give up, or fast from in order for Him to speak to you and work through you? I hope these help you think and look at your walk with the Lord. I hope you are challenged as much as I was to turn to Him in order to find renewal and growth in Him.