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SLEPT THROUGH IT

Remember the story of Rip Van Winkle? He fell asleep one day in a quiet spot on the banks of the Hudson River and he didn't wake up for twenty years. When he went to sleep, the sign above his favorite tavern read: "King George III, King of England." He was a subject of the British crown. When he woke up, George Washington replaced King George, and he was an American citizen. The tragic part was that he slept through a revolution. While he snored, oblivious to his surroundings, earth-shaking events had taken place.

This almost happened once to Jesus' disciples. While Jesus prayed they drifted off to sleep (Luke 22:39-46). They were oblivious to events that all of heaven watched breathless.

Many times we have our heads in the clouds, enclosed in our own little world and losing sight of the more important things, and sleep through opportunities, or have our heads in the sand with regard to important issues facing the church. How many times are we preoccupied with our own self-importanceforgetting what is really important? We become the prisoners in our own little world of trivialities.

Peter said, "Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). "Be ready unto every good work" (Titus 3:1). -Tom Moore

Glad Tidings of Good Things
Volume 9/November 18, 2004
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