The Slow Fast

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I was in the middle of my juice fast; hugging a toilet.


My nutritionist friend had given me all the facts. My body needed more fruits and vegetables to get rid of the toxins I’d built up over the years. These were causing my low energy and sluggish thinking. I decided to go all in. I wanted to flood my body with nutrient-rich foods and just plain feel better.


Yet, here I was with a splitting headache, dry heaving what little was left in my stomach.


I would like to boast something upstanding like the flu or a sudden virus. Yet, even mid-puke, I knew that it was just a caffeine withdrawal.


Although I was washing my body with natural, juice extractions, I found that it took a few days to notice the benefits.


As my head cleared, the Lord reminded me of the simple phrase from Colossians 3:16, “Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you.” Herein lie the true source of my nourishment.


More than fruits and vegetables, His Word is our one basic need for living a healthy spiritual life.


  • His Word is what changes us from the inside out (1 Thessalonians 2:13).


  • His Word is what allows us to bear fruit (Colossians 1:5-6). link


  • His Word is the portal to knowing the Presence of Christ, the Hope of glory (Colossians 1:25-27).


Yet, more often than not, when I try to get back into His Word after an absence, I find my thoughts foggily wandering and my emotions impatiently rebelling. Too often, I sit down with His Word, read a fragment or two and then figure that “it” doesn’t work after all.


Instead, I should persevere through to realize that it’s going to take a few days for all of the spiritual toxins to flush through my soul. I may even find that somewhat like caffeine withdrawal, I go through a period of carnal withdrawal. I need to view this as all a part of the normal washing of the water of the Word.


A juice fast may not be for you.


But, I would encourage you to go on a Word fast, in which you drink deeply of the only Words that renew your decisions and your peace with spirit and life (John 6:63). 


What will that look like for you?



Picture courtesy of Sara Jeng Grewer.