After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:9-11 NIV)
How many times has someone been talking to you and you’re not hearing a word they say because you’re zoned out, caught in a trance, thinking about something else, or daydreaming? In order for them to get your attention and for you to respond to what they’re telling you, they got to raise their voice, yell, scream, shake you, or even hit you in order to wake you up from your trance. This happens a lot. So many times we miss out on the reality of what is happening around us because we are caught up daydreaming about something.
In Acts 1, we see the disciples doing the same thing. Jesus has just given them their instructions and has ascended into Heaven, but they’re still staring up in the clouds pondering about what all has happened and waiting for Him to return. God had to send two messengers to wake them up in order that they might follow up with the task that Jesus had given them.
Most of the time we, like the disciples, get lost daydreaming about what God has already done in our lives, our church, our city; that we need someone, the Holy Spirit, to come along and wake us up in order that we might get moving so we don’t miss what God is about to do or what He is going to do next. There is a saying that says “Some people make things happen, others watch things happen, and some people say ‘What just happened?'” If we’re not careful, we’ll find ourselves in the third category wondering what in the world just happened.
Now I’m not saying that we shouldn’t look back and reflect on what God has done every now and then in order that we might be reminded that He was faithful back then, He’ll be faithful again and to see how far He’s brought us from where we had been. I’m saying we can’t live there in that state of daydreaming about the past because if the disciples had kept staring up at the clouds; they never would have got to chapter two, been filled with the Holy Spirit, seen 3,000 people get saved and baptized, establish the church, and change the world.
Are you caught in a trance? Are you zoned out from what God is telling you to do next? Are you daydreaming? If so, here’s you’re wake up call. Get your head out of the clouds and start moving in the direction God has told you to do today.