Throw a bucket of cold water at me

Joining today in 5 minute Friday led by Lisa-Jo,  who posts a single word prompt. We write for 5 minutes without stopping to edit or fix up punctuation, then link with others who have written based on the same word.

Awake, he should not be.

I am looking at a wee boy who should not be – awake, that is. We drove 40 minutes to see some penguins and he fell asleep within ten minutes, fantastic! No bedtime struggle this eveining. No such luck, he woke up on the way home again.

I should be…

For years I have appeared to be awake from the outside, but in fact I’ve been fooling you all. Paul wrote Ephesians 5:14 to Christians, especially me. I have known the call of Christ to me, have ‘wanted’ to follow Him but always there has been what has appeared to be good reasons not to wholeheartedly commit myself into His hands. I have been like a zombie, walking around with my soul asleep.

I want to wake up. To breathe in the life of the Holy Spirit and to run and catch up with Jesus who called me to “come”. The time for sleeping is not now, I need to take care how I spend my time for the days are evil and the mission is urgent. Jesus has called me to do His will. His will is to feed His sheep, to find the lost and to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and lift up the broken hearted. Throw a bucket of cold water at me please! Stop

Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
(Ephesians 5:14-17 ESV)

Image of man with matchsticks holding eyes open: pappamaart (iStock)

3 thoughts on “Throw a bucket of cold water at me

  1. I’m stopping in from five minute Friday. Your picture there both made me laugh and startled me a bit. I kinda feel like that guy, since I’m coming to the end of a long night shift. Walking around with your soul asleep. Yeah, I get that. Even had a conversation about living life “in the middle” with my kids. When I told them you can’t be only a little wrong (it’s wrong or it’s not) it stung. A lot. I think I need a little of that cold water too.


  2. Hi Melinda,
    It’s an odd photo alright – like you I often feel like I need those matchsticks! (I work nightshifts also, though not every weekend). One of the unanticipated benefits of having children for me are those moments when I correct my kids only to realize I need the exact same correction myself.


Comments are closed.