I would have to say that in the live venue the response given by the audience is louder and more passionate.
Reference: v.3 I have taken off my robe—
must I put it on again?
I have washed my feet—
must I soil them again? (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I’m always intrigued at how much an audience laughs at a comedy gig.
Sure enough, a comedy event is a pretty good place to laugh, but I often find that an audience will laugh more than the jokes are worth.
I have often compared the volume of laughter in my lounge room to the laughter given in a live audience. I would have to say that in the live venue the response given by the audience is louder and more passionate.
I don’t think it’s just because the comedian can see you and the audience fears being told off for not laughing! I believe it all comes down to anticipation and preparation.
If you have turned up to a live comedy gig then you have booked a ticket, coordinated the evening with friends, traveled to the venue, given over some money and organized your evening so that you were on time.
With all that preparation and commitment you are ready and anticipating a funny evening. Not only that, but with the atmosphere in the venue, you are surrounded by others who are also anticipating the same thing.
The comedian only has to present something that is funny in nature for you to connect with the humour and respond with laughter. They have your undivided attention, which is very different to when you are sitting in your lounge room at home watching the TV.
Application: In the same way I think church helps us to prepare and anticipate God.
Throughout my faith journey I have come to realize that you do not have to be in a church building to experience God. God is everywhere and will connect with you at any time.
However, when you go to church you have set the time aside, organized yourself (and possibly your family as well) to get there on time, traveled to the venue and are anticipating all that your worship service offers. It’s often in these times that we get a great sense of God, who He is and who He has called us to be.
The preparation and anticipation we have when worshipping God is an important part of putting time aside to connect with Him.
The lover in Song of Solomon 5 was anticipating the arrival of their lover. They were prepared and filled with anticipation. Often we don’t prepare or anticipate the Lover of our Soul.
We go through the motions of our day and only leave Sunday morning aside to connect with Him. Can you imagine how strong our relationship with God would be if we were constantly preparing and anticipating His arrival?
Let us not lose an opportunity to connect with God by being distracted and only willing to engage half-heartedly.
Prayer: Lord, you are everywhere we go. May we look for you at all times and anticipate your arrival in our day. Amen.
How can you prepare and anticipate experiencing God today?
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.