My husband and I completed our annual Daniel Fast last month. At the start of every new year, we embark on a 21 day fast of denying ourselves all the delicious food that we like to eat as we focus our minds on God, as we go before Him and seek His will for our family in the upcoming year.
During that time, I always jokingly say that I’m just eating to survive, as I typically don’t truly enjoy most of the meals I eat during the Fast. No meat, dairy, sugar, processed foods, breads, white rice or white pasta. Yep, pretty much all the yummy (and usually unhealthy) foods are a no-no. I also limited my TV and social media usage. All of this was done to focus on the Lord and eliminate distractions so I could clearly hear from Him.
While fasting, one day was particularly memorable. I had to wake up at 4am to get each daughter to their respective sporting events for the day. I had all kinds of alarms set on my phone to ensure my morning went smoothly and stayed on track.
I made popcorn on the stove the previous night (Daniel Fast-approved!) and left it in the pot to cool off. The next morning, I put a pot of water on the stove to boil. About 10 minutes later, the entire house jumped to attention as a fire alarm started going off downstairs. I knew I was only boiling water, so I wondered what was causing the alarm.
As I proceeded downstairs, I started smelling something burning, I darted down the rest of the steps and saw smoking coming from the pan of popcorn. OH MY GOODNESS! I turned the wrong burner on! I ran to turn it off, and by this time the rest of the family had rushed down the stairs.
We opened windows to air out the house and I immediately started beating myself up for being so careless. I even blamed God a bit – how could YOU let this happen? Why wouldn’t the Holy Spirit have warned me that I turned on the wrong burner?
My demeanor immediately turned sour, and I was short tempered with my family the rest of the morning as we rushed around the house. I kept asking God for help – help me to get my attitude right, help us to get out of here on time – but still asking in a blaming manner – like He allowed this, so I needed Him to fix it.
I anxiously drove Kennedi to her school, probably a little faster than I should have. Thankfully we made it to her school before the bus left for NYC. Next Kass and I headed to her tournament. As I settled into the hour’s journey and turned my worship music on, I realized that I never once stopped to thank God that a fire didn’t start in our house. I felt horrible, and humbly thanked him for His protection, in spite of my mistake.
After being gone all day for Kassadi’s volleyball tournament, we returned to the house about 7pm that evening. As I turned the corner on our block, I saw the garage door was open. Kenny had also left the house shortly after I did, so our garage door had been open at least 12 hours with no one home.
My initial panic evaporated as I saw the items in the garage still there and nothing appeared to be missing. As I entered our home, the alarm system chimed, and everything inside was untouched.
Grateful once again for God’s covering, I profusely thanked Him, and then texted my husband to let him know what happened. Mentally drained from the day, I thought about today’s Play Prediction scripture. From the start of the day and all throughout it, even though I didn’t even know it, God’s angels were guarding our home from harm and destruction.
How humbling that day was – 2 mistakes that were OUR fault – that could have caused devastating losses, but God still provided covering and protection through His angels. That day my trust in Him was strengthened even more and fasting seemed to be a small sacrifice for the blessings that we had received that day. I will continuously discipline myself to thank Him, no matter how little or insignificant something may seem.
Sometimes we can take God’s blessings of protection for granted. Is there something that happened over the past week that you neglected to thank Him for?
Challenge yourself to intentionally look for instances of angelic protection at work in your life. And then remember to show gratitude.
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