Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wake Up: Time is passing fast

My husband’s alarm barely awakened me at 5:55am. He headed into the bathroom to get dressed, brush the teeth, and comb the hair while I stayed in a semi-conscious state. It seemed I laid there for hours before I was aware of him coming out of the bathroom to head to the kitchen and make his lunch. Wondering why it took him so long, I looked at the clock. It was only 6:05. Only ten minutes? We have such a warped sense of time in that state between sound asleep and fully awake.
Some mornings I am still in that semi-conscious state when he tells me good-bye before leaving for work. In the past he has asked me to do something that day or told me something about his day that I have no recollection of later. I may even verbally respond to what he says, but my brain never processes the information as I nod off back to sleep.
In that semi-conscious state between sleep and alert we have a distorted view of reality. I may say or hear things I don’t remember later. Hours may seem minutes and minutes may seem hours. It’s a hazy place to be.

Sadly, some Christians are in a semi-conscious state spiritually – not quite asleep and not quite awake. We may experience a distorted view of reality. We read books and hear messages but our brains never process the truth presented. We don’t allow the message to change our behaviors. We approach the church and Christianity in that same foggy state.
Throw back the covers and get out of bed! We need to wake up! I don’t know how much longer we have to minister to others and share the Word of God but I’m afraid that in our semi-conscious state we may think we have hours when in reality we only have a few minutes.
“And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:11-12).
As I was writing this, I remembered an old Casting Crowns Christmas song, "While You Were Sleeping."

1 comment:

  1. "Many Christians may be in a semi-conscious state spiritually"... how true and how sobering! I think I need to wake up some of my brothers and sisters!