I was singing a song recently, by Maverick City called Promises (link active; click to watch), which is one of my favorite songs, among many they have done. As I was singing the following lines,
“Great is Your faithfulness to me
Great is Your faithfulness to me
From the rising sun to the setting same
I will praise Your name
Great is Your faithfulness to me
I put my faith in JesusPromises by Maverick City.
My anchor to the ground
My hope and firm foundation
He’ll never let me down”
I remember, at some point I stopped and looked at my husband and told him, “Sometimes I sing these beautiful songs with my mouth, but my heart is absent.” I became aware of what I was singing and what was happening around my life, and I realized that, all I was doing at that moment in time was offering God nothing but ‘lip-service’. My heart was completely preoccupied by worry, and disappointment, and pain…I was not worshipping God from the inside out, but on autopilot. Since that song is a favorite, my lips and my voice automatically respond, subconsciously.
It got me thinking of that alarm clock every morning…Maybe you are the kind who sets your alarm with 5 to 10 minutes intervals just to keep you awake, maybe for another, just one ring is enough. We do this daily, such that we now begin to operate on autopilot…Alarm rings, wake up, take a shower, wear your uniform or your official clothes, take breakfast, kiss your wife/husband goodbye and leave. Doing this becomes a routine, that is so easy, you can do it with eyes closed. No wonder the biological clock picks it up from there, and one can wake up on time, everyday, without necessarily setting an alarm.
Back to the example I gave about the song, I realized, I do that quite a number of times. I am absent from my emotions, absent from my surroundings and just responding on autopilot. When I became aware of this fact, in the process of singing, I felt all the emotions contained in my heart, and the song then began to minister to my heart and my circumstances. I became more aware of the faithful God, in every season, I became aware of the fact that my faith can only have one anchor…God. That is the beauty of being present. Now, I do it without necessarily having any song playing…It actually makes it more intimate and deliberate.
Could it be that you are beginning to detest your job or your relationship so much because, you are operating on autopilot and the routine is just uncontainable? I am calling you out to be present, to be aware of your ‘why’, to be alive to your surroundings and be responsive from the inside out. You will be amazed, that a different perspective and approach, can typically change how you see your work, yourself, your family and even your worship. You will wake up to the fact that life is beautiful and colourful, whenever we switch off the autopilot mode and switch on the manual mode. Engage your heart, mind and body, and everything will be beautifully different.
Psalms 39:4 says, “Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.” Let me know how fleeting my life is. Another version says, make me aware of…
On autopilot, we do not number our days, live life fully everyday, and we forget to count our blessings. We go through the motions. I pray that this will be a prayer not just for me, but for you my dear reader. Ask God to make you aware; of your career, your relationships, your life and above all aware of your relationship with Him.
I promise you, life makes more sense living it consciously.
” When the storm’s out on the ocean, and the violent wind gets to blowing, Oh take back…all the way back…”Dante Bowe, Maverick City Music
Time moves so fast! We are in the last quarter of the year! There is more reason to be deliberate and aware of everything we do, feel and all that God has done since the year began right?
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