In past blog posts, I’ve written about fasting for spiritual and physical health.
I’ve recently had to adjust my intermittent fasting schedule, cutting back on the number of days I fast each week.
For me, fasting had become too much of a good thing!
I was suddenly unable to maintain my desired weight. Instead, I began a slow and steady weight gain. Apparently, my body’s metabolism had slowed because of fasting, and my regular calorie intake had become too much.
After working so hard to lose weight, I was really frustrated and annoyed.
Online research suggested that I take a break from intermittent fasting for two weeks, then continue fasting again for another two weeks, and so on, alternating two weeks of eating throughout the day with two weeks of intermittent fasting. For me, returning to a more typical eating pattern was scary. I was worried I’d gain even more weight and not be able to fit into my clothes.
But in the end, I decided to trust the wisdom of the experts and adjust my eating pattern. Two weeks ago, I eliminated fasting all together, spreading my meals throughout the course of each day.
And what do you know? The experts were right. I actually lost several pounds as my metabolism bounced back.
Today, I’m beginning two weeks of intermittent fasting. But I’ve learned my lesson. I won’t do it every day, just a few days each week. I don’t want to lower my body’s metabolism again, but I do want the health benefits associated with fasting.
In hindsight, it’s obvious that trusting those with expertise in fasting was the right decision. But as I said, it was frightening for me to relinquish control and put the suggested eating plan into practice.
Sometimes, I treat God this way as well.
I know he’s the expert in everything. I believe he has my best interests at heart. I trust his promises.
The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. – Psalm 138:8
But sometimes, he asks me to do something far outside my comfort zone; or, he seems to shut a door to something that I thought was a good idea. What’s happening in my life just doesn’t make sense.
I could allow these doubts and circumstances to hold me back, keep me in the zone of the safe and familiar.
Or, I could take a giant leap of faith, acting on all that I know to be true about God and his Word.
And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. – Luke 5:5,6
Do you have experience with intermittent fasting? Do you find it difficult to relinquish control to God when life doesn’t make sense?