Staying awake?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you get spiritually drowsy at times? Would it make sense to take Jesus along with you daily, lest you get spiritually drowsy? Be prepared; be watchful with him who never sleeps.

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

I’m Mark Brunner.


As I get older I find driving long distances has become more and more difficult. Apart from the problems I have with numbness in my fingers, pinched nerves, stiff back, replacement knees, and some degree of night blindness, my biggest challenge driving for hours at a time is becoming drowsy. After a few hours of driving, day or night, I tend to become droopy-eyed. While driving Holly’s car makes it a bit easier since it has an alarm that signals when you wander out of your lane, getting drowsy while driving is not only dangerous, it’s tedious. Singing, playing the radio, pinching my eye sockets–none of these works well for me. There is one thing though that has consistently worked: pretzels, the big, hard ones that crunch. When I bite down, the crunch echoes throughout my head. For some reason that keeps me alert and less inclined to nod off. Pretzels keep me watchful and ready to deal with whatever the highway has to offer. I drive with pretzels on any trip that last for more than an hour or so.

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Bringing pretzels along with me on a lengthy trip is behavior I had to culture. Once I discovered that it worked, I made it a habit so that going always resulted in getting there and back again. When it comes to being watchful as concerns our faith, it’s no different; being watchful is a cultured behavior.

Here’s a thought from an unknown but very wise author. “A man becomes wise by watching what happens to him when he isn’t.” (Unknown)

I’ve seen what happens when I get drowsy while driving; weaving, driving too slow, and forgetfulness. That’s sobering and motivates me to make sure I always have pretzels to crunch on. Jesus admonished his disciples to be watchful as well. While he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and they slept, he asked them: "Couldn't you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Notice he said with me and not for me. This is the watchfulness of being prepared and ready for whatever the spiritual situation might be. It’s the watchfulness of a disciple who’s concerned with serving the Lord with a perspective on getting where Jesus wants you to go and getting back to do it all over again. You and I need to do whatever it takes to be watchful. Perhaps your bag of pretzels is a morning devotion, a prayer while cooking dinner, or reading your Bible? Whatever it is, be sure to take Jesus along with you daily, lest you get spiritually drowsy. Be prepared; be watchful with him who never sleeps. A word to the wise: Its spiritually safer that way.

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for being there for us in every spiritual crisis we might face in this life. We know that you will be there when strife and sorrow come. We need not watch for you because you are already there to watch with us. Forgive us Lord when we allow ourselves to be spiritually unprepared to be at watch with you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. Thank you for tuning into This Passing Day. Join us at thispassingday.com. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to “This Passing Day!” <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> God bless you for Jesus sake.

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