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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Living on Bread Alone



Word Wednesday:  Bonking

I love to ride my bike.  For a while, this was a pretty intense endeavor.  I completed a charity ride that covered 100 miles in 3 days.  I know that one stage in a major tour may cover this in one day, but no one is paying me to wear their name on a shirt while I’m riding.

I love cycling and most everything about it.  There is, however, one thing that no cyclist enjoys, yet almost everyone has done – BONKING!  Runners call this hitting the wall.  It’s painful and embarrassing; it takes a while to recover from, too.



When you bonk you just stop in your tracks and try to keep from collapsing.  This is a frightening experience when you are on a hill and your shoes are actually clipped to the pedals.  Images of cuts and scrapes and bruises flash through your mind.  That’s without the added terrors of traffic or spectators.

How is bonking prevented?  Adequate fuel.  It’s really quite simple.  You need to eat and drink enough for your body to keep going.

I bonked in a kickboxing class on Monday.  It wasn’t a total collapse and I was able to keep moving, but I knew I hadn’t fed myself properly.  

I’ve been bonking everyday spiritually, though.  I am not feeding myself what it takes to endure the trials or the routine of my daily life.  In the grand scheme of this fallen world, my trials are not that extreme, yet I am collapsing and nearly paralyzed before the end.  But where to find the fuel?

Before beginning His earthly ministry, Jesus spent forty days fasting in the wilderness.  He was physically hungry.  When the testing came there was no whining about needing coffee or lack of sleep.  His response to every dagger thrown at him was the Word.  He even begins by saying that we don’t live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4).

I’m heading into battle each day.  Let alone the fact that I am going in unarmed, I haven’t even been eating.  No wonder I’m hitting the wall with every little thing that comes my way.  

As encouraging as many books and blogs and music may be, they are the Cheetos and Nutella of spiritual food (I know that’s a little hyperbolic, but you get my point).  I need to be feasting on the richness and goodness that has been so generously and conveniently provided for me.  I need to run and finish this race.  No time for bonking.


Do you find that you are bonking on a regular basis like me?  What’s does your “meal plan” look like?


12 comments:

  1. I love this post! And I love yoru hyperbolic example: cheetos and nutella.... We need some nutrient dense {spirit filled} nourishment, my friend. Slowing down is my focus right now...about to blog on that very thought. love and hugs, friend!

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    1. Can't wait to read what you come up with. I'm not exactly sure what I can change right now.

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  2. I so needed this reminder today! Thanks!

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    1. I need this reminder every day.

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  3. what?!? isn't Nutella nutritious? ... sorry, I know that's not the point of the post! :)

    just a little bit of bonking around here... Trying to start in the Psalms and Proverbs before I hit the blogs, etc. But I've been failing!

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    1. According to their commercials it is (but so are pop tarts). Failing here, too. Obviously!

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  4. I have never heard of bonking. I don't know what this says about me! :)
    I have 3 things that I try to accomplish every morning- time in the Word, blogging and working out. I usually only get two of those in. I have learned exactly what you talked about in this post- I have learned that the time in the Word cannot be the one that I let go of. I do not turn on my computer or the tv (I do a kickboxing workout via netflix) before I have spent that time.
    I don't want to sound all spiritual and I KNOW that you get this because you know me so well, but the thing that has completely revolutionized my time in the Word is using my Inductive study Bible. The margins that it provides and the challenge to come up with your own headings is perfect for me. It is EXCITING to read the Bible and although I have read it for years and years and years, this past year has been the first time in my life that I could say that.
    Blogging is important to me. Exercise is necessary. But time in the Word is imperative. You should check out Phil Joel's "Deliberate People" Journal. It is a journal for a daily reading plan and I bet you would love it!
    Sorry for writing a blog post in your comments- I know you will forgive me. :)

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    1. If only there was a way to link to this. :) I'll have to check that out. BTW - you have probably just never bonked before!

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  5. Was TOTALLY thinking on this today, I kid you not!!!!

    And, I would LOVE my own bathroom with a coffee pot in it. You know me well. ;)

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    1. Boys have a way of challenging every resource you've got, don't they? (Even this reply was interrupted by an "experiment")

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  6. Just what I needed today. I know I commented about bonking yesterday, but this morningi finally got...made...time to read this. And I'm bonking, too. Thanks for bringing my need to light. So, so thankful that the Lord orchestrated our path crossing.

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    1. I had to make time this morning,too. It was tested by tea being poured onto the floor, but I need to keep at it. So thankful for crossed paths as well!

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