Did you ever zone out at a lecture or in a class? How about drifting into some other place during church, or worse, go to sleep? I have. I am usually the speaker, so it is more difficult to grab a few winks than when I was younger. Sleep deprivation and progressively shortened attention spans may be a factor, but I suspect a deeper issue.
Several years ago while running a string of horses, I had a couple of Border Collies. Those dogs were amazing. There are other working breeds equally notable, but my experiences were with the Borders. They could be across the pasture nosing around in a fence row and hear a faint conversation I was having with someone else at the barn. They immediately stopped their search for… well, whatever it was, turned and looked my direction, ears straight up.
Many dogs when looking straight into your eyes challenge for dominance. These Borders scanned for instruction. If they were asleep they sprang to attention at my whisper as if my voice was an old Big Ben alarm clock. It was, as if, their only reason to exist was to do my bidding. How I loved those girls. No working dogs had a better life.
I suspect my inclination to drift is rooted in an ongoing self-absorption, unlike what I experienced with my two girls. If I am His, I’ll be ever listening and responding to His voice:
” The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” (John 10:3-4 ESV)
Being “ALL IN” is not a part-time job, even though I occasionally treat it that way. It’s a good thing that God loves me anyway.
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