What are you hungry for?
Fasting is interesting…kinda brings all sorts of things out in me. I can get cranky and irritable when deprived of food. I can get proud about how “spiritual” I am. I try not to do that. I can get forgetful of why I’m fasting in the first place. And on occasions, I can get focused on something beyond myself. For example…
Today I was struck with this thought. While I’m hungry for calories, I’m surrounded by people who are hungry for hope. Some have given up. I’m surrounded by people who are hungry for spiritual truth…something they can sink their heart into and know…some way to connect with God. I’m surrounded by people who are hungry for purpose…life is one boring or predictable moment after another…leading up to the tombstone…and then what. I’m surrounded by people who are hungry for healing. They’ve been bruised, banged up, abused, and worse.
Here’s the thing. I know where to find calories. But most of the people who are hungry for hope, or spiritual reality, or purpose, or healing–they aren’t sure WHERE to find that. I’m inspired to pray for them…and to reach out to them. As one current ad campaign so poignently notes: before you can help people you have to reach them.