Day 76: Fast

Happy Day 76 of Another 100 Days of Hannah, y’all!

Is anyone else having a really hard time keeping track of days this week?
I’ve been firmly convinced the last two days that it was Wednesday.
And now that it’s here, my brain wants to think that it’s Thursday.
I guess my brain is ready to be done with the work week this week!
That’s the weird part about travel weeks I think.
My daily routine is just.. off.
My lights don’t automatically turn on.
I don’t have a treadmill to go walk on before work.
I don’t have my computer for easy blogging.
I don’t have my family around to hang out with in the evenings.
I don’t have my gym to work out in after work.
I don’t have access to a piano or organ (or any other instrument) to practice.
You get the picture.
It’s just… different.
However, I also only had one hour long drive this week, with the remaining 3 being at most 30 minutes.
Which is closer than ANY of my facilities when I’m at home.
No complaints about that.
Oh, and it looks like we might even see a little bit of sun at the lake today!
Here’s to hoping that I can get done with everything early enough to explore a little bit this evening!
In any case.. do I actually have anything more to say today?
This week, I’ve been stuck in Isaiah 58:5-11 for… most of the week.
Actually, let’s be real – it’s taken me all week to get to verse 11.
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
  you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.

Okay, hopefully I got that pasted right… it was being super uncooperative.  Problems with iPad blogging…

In any case.
I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve read these verses – at least in their entirety.

I don’t think I probably have time to fully dive into my thoughts on these verses this morning, but, in reading, I was immediately struck by the first two verses.

The fasting that the Father chooses is loosing the chains of injustice, untying the yoke (of bondage), freeing the oppressed, feeding the hungry, housing the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for family members…

Y’all, this is a huge call.
And honestly, for me anyway, it’s hard.

I mean, anyone else feel like – yeah, this is all well and good, but, you know, it’s not really…safe.  Especially not that inviting strangers in bit.

And, let’s be real, I’m just one person – I can’t make much of a difference – there are non-profits and charities and foundations for all that stuff.
Besides, I have my own life to look out for! I’m sure God would want me to pay off my debts and make sure that I start saving for retirement, and put a bit away in case I decide to start a family.
Plus, this was an Old Testament thing.
Totally not applicable now.
Yeah, my excuses could go on and on.
But the word of the Lord through Isaiah is pretty clear.
And Jesus’ life?
It lived this out – every single day.
He loved the unlovable.
He freed those who were bound.
He was a constant champion of the oppressed.
He saw the unseen.
And as much as my heart wants to fight it, He calls us to do the same.
You see, it’s a lot – a lot lot – easier to skip over these verses and go straight to the promises at the end of the passage.
Because what He calls us to do is uncomfortable.
It’s vulnerable.
It’s risky.
It’s… not safe.
But neither was walking on the water.
And so, just as with Peter, we are called to come forth and follow – with our eyes on the Savior every step of the way.
Admittedly, I don’t really know what this looks like.
Not in my life anyway.
But I trust that in surrender, the Lord will guide.
And provide.
And protect.
Today and every day.
Catch y’all tomorrow,
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