I can remember several years ago coming across this term. In the musings of a blogger whose name I cannot remember, this dynamic was described as one who is often spiritually awake, but who in key moments simply falls asleep and is unable to sustain the mission and calling for which he/she is so impassioned.
It makes me wonder if this is what happened to Jesus’ disciples in Gethsemane. It had been a long an arduous journey and the disciples appeared to be all in (except Judas). Peter had even declared both their commitment and their reality when others had turned back and Jesus asked if they were going to leave him as well. Peter soberly responded, “Lord, to whom would we go?,” as if to declare they had gone too far to turn back now.
And yet here in Gethsemane near the culmination of God’s atoning work, while Jesus is sweating blood and totally surrendering himself to the Father’s will, the disciples have fallen asleep. And not just once, but twice.
I confess that my wholehearted passion is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ who is answering God’s call to make disciples of Jesus and build the Kingdom of God until His return. However, I must also confess that there are times I just simply fall asleep spiritually. Can you empathize? Thank God that Jesus didn’t give up on his disciples when they failed just as God doesn’t give up on us when we fail.
The good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that we are the Easter people and we are risen with Christ Jesus! As we approach Holy Week, let me encourage you in your journey of discipleship to reawaken to God’s great love for you and to the Holy Spirit’s leading. May God be praised for His great love and patience for us!