Sunday: 16th June, 2019
Reference text: John 16:12-15
John 16:12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
A 2017 British study revealed that the average person had an attention span of about 14 minutes. This implies that beyond this average, it is more than likely that a person’s mind will drift off the task at hand to other things. However, for teachers, attention span is critical if key concepts are to be taught and understood within these narrow windows. Consequently, some information is not given out at particular sections in a lesson because they may be deemed ineffective since the attention span may have been exceeded.
In the Gospel text today, Jesus proclaims to His disciples that he had a lot more He wanted to say to them. This should actually not surprise us because He is ‘the Word’, yet, He held back because they were not ready. You could argue that the disciples would eventually have matured to the point of understanding as we see later in the scriptures, but at that moment, some knowledge and information was withheld.
Sweetheart, often when people appear to say nothing about a matter, it isn’t always because they have nothing to say, but rather because they may not have found the right time to do so.
You know those moments when you have said something on your heart because you really felt you had to, but received a response far from what you were expecting? Do you recall the effect that bad timing had? Lost relationships? Some embarrassment? Some tears? Some pain? Those may not have been expected, but have you wondered if those outcomes could have been because the optimal window for that information to be given was closed or even yet to open?
Beloved, we are encouraged to say what we mean and mean what we say, only we don’t have to do this whenever we feel like doing so. Therefore, let’s also get the timing right because only then will the desired outcome be attained.