I’m Back

2010-03-17 im back

Wow. 40 days is a long time when you’re in the middle of it. And really short when you’re passed it.

I really want to give a special shout out to all my incredible guest posters who held up my blog’s proverbial arms while I was away, and especially to my personal assistant, Debbie, who went from 0-100 on a WordPress learning curve. Hopefully you were encouraged and challenged by all they had to say. Feel free to browse back through their posts if you missed any.

So what did I learn from not blogging, Tweeting, FaceBooking, and [uh-hem] eating various foods for 40 days? Besides realizing I just used a few made up verbs in the previous sentence, all of which are–oddly enough–culturally acceptable, I learned more than I know. And more than I could put in a post. Unless transferring experiences in whole through the internet is possible.

Clarity. Extreme clarity, if you want a describer put in there. That would be the most profound word that comes to mind. I can think of no better word to describe my relationship with the Holy Spirit, my perception of circumstances, contexts, ministry insights (both personal and corporate), and relationships. It seems when all the other extraneous “stuff” gets removed, you’re left with less. Less stress, less distraction, less noise. To quote Kem Meyer‘s aptly put book title, “Less Clutter. Less Noise.”

The second word would be grace. I recognized a very palpable manifestation of grace upon my life, alerting me to just how much my body kicks, screams, and demands for what it wants, and just how much strength there is from the Lord to not only tolerate such behavior, but to put it in it’s place. (That little brat!). Likewise, struggles and temptations were minimized to their most negligible levels. Ever.

If I could derive an adequate resolution from this time, it would be to make the divine rhythms of withdrawing a lifestyle. Incorporating reoccurring seasons of fasting–both food and media–is not only good for all aspects of my health, but Biblical. And moreover, Christ-like. I feel I have new footing to teach from, and more experience with which to admonish myself in the pursuit of Christ-like maturity.

Thanks for all those who stood with me, prayed for me, and genuinely missed my absence from the interweb. ch:

  • Seth

    It’s great to see you back Mr Hopper! I just made the connection. Jesus fasted for 40 days. You fasted for 40 days. Did you mean to do that?

    • Thanks Seth. And yes, 40 days is a frequently reoccurring number in the Bible. And while I did’t end up fasting all food entirely for 40 days, your body starts converting muscle to energy (ie “starving”) on day 41.

  • Definitely great to see you back, and with a valuable learning experience from the wilderness time!

    • Thanks David! I actually had you in mind as one of your emails to me spoken of your own incorporation of fasting as a lifestyle…something I very much admire and shoot for in my own life now.

  • Too cool Mr. Hopper. Truly inspiring. Will you do a series on what you learned? Or just this one post? πŸ˜‰ lol

  • Welcome back CH! I’ve enjoyed all of the wonderful post by your incredible guest posters while you were away. I’m happy to hear that your 40 days of absence from the interweb and [uh-hem] eating various foods was life changing πŸ™‚ Hope all is well with you and your beautiful fam.

    God’s Care,
    ~Ryan

    • You’re also so encouraging, Ryan. Appreciate your kindness, and so stoked you enjoyed my guest posters; they are amazing peeps indeed!

  • Millard

    Glad to have you back on board Ch! I am so glad this was such a success for you! XD

  • Sarah Houghton

    YAY! You’re back and I’m glad.
    I think it’s awesome that you got so much out of those 40 days (and maybe slightly envious but only slightly).

    :O)

  • Billy.J

    Yay! You’re back! So glad it went well dude! God works in many ways, and if you listen, he might actually tell you to media fats for 40 days. But in my case, I’d actually die if I went that long without food, media, possible. LOL! I greatly enjoyed all your amazing guest posts, very good one sin there! Love ya bro,

    Billy