Every start of the year, our church encourages us all to be a part of Prayer and Fasting Week. We do prayer and fasting “to humble ourselves before God, consecrate ourselves to Him for the upcoming year, and corporately agree for breakthrough.” Aside from the fact that Jesus fasted (Matthew 4:1,2), we do it also because we are expectant that God will reveal His beautiful plans for this entire year. There are few fasting options we can choose; water only, liquid only, one meal only, fruits only, etc. Other people choose to fast what they think that is getting out of hand in their lives, I know some people who fasted beef and meat.
Why Social Media and Coffee fast?
Social media is like a drug I can’t take easily off my hands and eyes. It’s like I’ve been living in it all day and night. I’ll wake up scrolling through my feeds, I’ll eat with my phone on my right hand, I’ll talk to everyone with my eyes still pinned on my phone’s screen, I’ll work and scroll through my feeds simultaneously, and I’ll go to sleep later than I should have because social media is better when you’re lying in bed.
Coffee. Ah, if you know me well, you’ll know that I am absolutely caffeine-dependent human. My mom would always complain about me being coffee addict. Not a morning goes by without me brewing a hot water and preparing my cup before I start working. Not an afternoon goes by without going back to our kitchen and prepares my second cup of the day because its siesta time and I need a buzz. Not a date night goes by without visiting a coffee shop for my after dinner coffee fix. I feel like my body needs coffee as much as it needs proper sleep and rest, and it’s abusive to my health.
I’ve been relying on the social media for entertainment, fun, applause, likes, compliments, happiness, and short-time fulfillment. I’ve been depending on coffee for more energy and strength to get through each day. If social media and coffee got what I need and fill me up each day, do I still need Jesus?
For the last 5 days, I was disconnected to the social media world and the buzz that coffee gives to me, and was connected and reignited with the Word. I was reminded, awakened, and restored.
God reminded me a lot of things. One of those things is I am His; I may have forgotten it, but God didn’t. As I was writing down my answered prayers in the last year, I was reminded of His faithfulness – almost all of my prayers last 2017 were answered and came to life. God reminded me of my true identity; of who I really am in Him and not who I am from what the social media says about me. He reminded me that I’m no longer a stranger to His family, but I can approach Him anytime with confidence. He reminded me that His power is everlasting and never-failing; the cup of my coffee will run empty, but His strength and power are always available.
I am awakened with the truth that nothing in this world could ever satisfy my whole being. Social media can only give me short-time happiness and pleasure; coffee can make me awake for just a couple of hours. All of it will run dry, but Jesus is the cup that won’t run dry. He never said, “Sorry, my child, but I cannot give you energy this time, try tomorrow.” No, he’s not like a coffee shop that closes when the night time comes, He’s always been there waiting for me to tap into His presence and readily gives me what I need. He’s not like Instagram who only likes me if I posted a photo of me with so much filter, staged pose, and pretentious captions. He likes and adores me even when I break out, even in my darkest sins and secrets. I don’t need to base my identity on social media and what it says about me because of He – the one who created me – knows who I really am; beautiful, valuable, and beloved.
My identity is almost shaking at the start of this year. I was depending on wrong things, but I’m so thankful for the past 5 days, I was reminded and awakened with the truth. Now, I feel like I’m so much restored. I was given brand new eyes to see so many good things in life, to believe in all the impossibilities, and to take heart and have faith in what’s coming. I was given more strength, energy, and confidence. My faith and hope are now restored. I can face 2018 not just with pure determination to work my ass off and tick off my goals one by one, but with faith and trust that I will walk on this road with confidence and strength that is from Him.