Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” (Acts 20:9)
Have you ever heard a sermon that you thought would never end? One time Paul spoke for so long that a young man fell asleep and plummeted out of a third story window! Thankfully he raised him from the dead afterwards. It turns out there is such a thing as a too long sermon… Thankfully, to my knowledge, none of the sermons at Granton have ever bored anyone to death!
As we enter into the second week of lockdown, the novelty is by this point beginning to wear off and we’re starting to see the real challenge of quarantine: boredom. Many of us are used to travelling, working and seeing people on a daily basis, so staying indoors is going to feel really slow and uninteresting. We are going to struggle not to feel lethargic and bored as the reality of staying indoors sinks in.
At times like these it’s good to be grateful for what we do have. We have communication technology that allows us to speak to friends across the world. We have books, TV and the internet in our homes, something ancient peoples could only have dreamed of. And above all we have the minds that God gave us; full of creativity, ideas and ability to appreciate the world. Gratitude allows us to see our situation not as boring or stifling, but as an opportunity to engage in new ways.
Prayer: Lord keep my boredom at bay, and help me to be grateful for the things that I have. Help me to use the mind that you gave me to engage with the world in new and creative ways.
Action: Dedicate some time today to doing something creative. It could be drawing, writing, playing music or building something. Maybe even try something for the first time.