It's one of the most mesmerizing things that, when I notice it, I can't stop staring!
Reference: v.1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (NIV Bible)
Explore: Have you ever watched someone trying to stop themselves from falling asleep? It's one of the most mesmerizing things that, when I notice it, I can't stop staring! Having sat through many sermons and lectures in my life I find that I have been privy to such viewing on many occasions. I find it hilarious to watch someone as they do their best to stay awake while their eyelids have a totally different agenda. The initial signs come when the person's eyelids get very heavy and as their eyes start to glaze their lids force themselves down the pupil. If the person is quick enough they can catch their lids before they get all the way down but you don't have to wait long before the lids get heavy again. I love that the solution to heavy lids that people go for is to do a couple of quick blinks in succession in the vain attempt to teach the eyelids to stay open. But you know someone is really struggling when they get the nods. This usually occurs after the eye lids have conquered the eye, which seems to prompt the head to start dipping. The chin will slowly start to make its way down to the chest, just like the lids have forced their way down the pupil. But when the person realises what is happening they will jerk their head up quickly. The professionals will be quick enough to try to cover this head jerking motion by pretending to nod and agree with the speaker, but we all know what's really going on. It's always great to be the one watching the person fight off sleep, however we all know that it's bound to happen to us at some stage too.
Application: When life gets busy it's hard to be attentive all the time. And when life gets chaotic we find ourselves trying hard not to nod off during sermons or lectures! However, it seems that sometimes we can get so preoccupied with what's happening in other parts of our life that we start to nod off when it comes to our faith. We become so busy with work, family and social outings that when it comes to finding time to be still and know that God is there, that's when we allow our eyelids to have a mind of their own. The book of Hebrews gives great advice to people struggling in their faith and one of the first instructions the writer gives is to pay attention. Let's not nod off in the most important area of our life but sit up and take notice of what God has to say to us.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we give you second best. Amen.
How attentive of your faith have you been lately?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.