Last night I made some yummy spaghetti sauce. All kinds of spices, fire roasted tomatoes, chopped up carrots and green beans. It simmered on the stovetop for a good thirty minutes letting all the flavors combine.
And then it was time to serve it up and as I prepared my husband’s plate with noodles, it hit me that I am not to have those on my hard core Daniel Fast.
I seriously sat there and debated: if I don’t put noodles in and just eat the sauce (which was yummy and chunky enough to be fulfilling on its own) then I might get commentary from my husband about it. Not eating enough, not getting sufficient nutrients, etc. (Gotta love him, he is always watching out for me!). But if I do put noodles in then I will be purposefully breaking the covenant.
I know that this is probably not shocking at this point, but I was pretty much ready to put those noodles in my bowl.
Then a quiet voice whispered in my ear: “Are you ashamed? Are you willing to so easily trade your agreement with me so that you won’t have to discuss all this with your husband?”
Well that was all it took. I slopped a bunch of spaghetti sauce in my noodle-less bowl and never looked back. Haha- and my husband didn’t even notice (or at least he didn’t say anything)!
But I think the whispering in my ear was reminiscent of these verses:
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. Philippians 1:20
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. Romans 1:16
If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. Luke 9:26
And yet again I am reminded so keenly of how important it is for me to read the Word. Because he uses it to whisper to me “This is the way, walk in it.”