Imprisoned within the cinderblock walls of the school building, you look longingly out the window. You daydream about the things you could be doing. Suddenly, you recognize your name. The room had grown silent which only amplified the teacher’s repeated call for your attention. You don’t know the answer because you were only present in the body and not in the mind. The warmth of embarrassment reddens your face as your teacher says, “Eyes, up here!”
The embarrassment you may have experienced in school could not even compare to the disciples’ chagrin. When they snapped out of their slumber, an army from the chief priests swarmed around Jesus. The scene is fraught with chaos as the disoriented disciples respond with the sword but mostly by hiding. The echoes of their bold promise to never deny their Master haunted the disciples. They missed the opportunity to prepare for this moment.
How missed opportunities plague us because we fail to watch for such a short while! We aren’t in the Garden of Gethsemane with our Lord, but we are supposed to be in the fields working while it is daytime. Just like Little Boy Blue, we are asleep under a haystack. “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). What is the solution to slumber?
Stop daydreaming and walk. “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day” (1 Thessalonians 5:5). “Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another” (1 John 1:7). The first solution is to put one foot in front of the other. Sometimes you soar in life, sometimes you run, but most of the time life is a walk in which you must not faint (Isaiah 40:31).
Stop daydreaming and work. Work while it is daytime (John 9:4). Jesus’ focus in his ministry was the Father’s will while it was the opportunity to accomplish his purpose. We are called to redeem the time” (Ephesians 5:16). The night will come when no man can work. “Let us, who are of the day, be sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:8).
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them…But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief…Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:2-6)
An indication of your slumber is your procrastination to serve. The disciples planned to rest now and labor later, but the missed opportunity now caused despair later. Protect yourself from the disappointment of missed opportunities. Walk. Work. Watch. You will not suffer loss.