Have you ever been so engrossed in something – maybe work, reading, talking to a friend, doing something you love – that you forgot to eat? Or didn’t go to sleep? Time just flew and you just realized it was dinner time but you’d skipped lunch.
One day Jesus was on His way to Galilee, and ended up taking a detour through Samaria, where he met a thirsty messed up woman at a well who got a revelation that He was the Messiah and went straight to tell her whole city about Him…
His disciples finally caught up with Him and their first concern was “has anyone give him anything to eat?, to which He replied with some very powerful revealing words:
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” – (John 4:34)
Jesus recognized that another great hunger we have is for purpose; for doing what fulfill us; for being busy with things that give us meaning and which make a difference.
Fasting reminds me that I have been called to more that to “eat, drink & be merry”. It reminds me that I am not just satisfied by I am created and called to a fulfilling purpose, which is to live for the glory and cause of my Saviour’s and Lord Jesus. This is “food” to me. This fulFILS me.