Be Awake


Stop. Look. Listen. God is present.

(Listen to my song “Turn Off the Noise” by clicking HERE)


Mark 8:18 

“Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?”


It seems that much of the time…we are on “auto-pilot.”

Our eyes and ears are functioning…but they aren’t really seeing and hearing.

We find ourselves walking around in a daze. While our eyes and ears are technically seeing and hearing…our minds are nattering away on something far, far away from what’s right in front of us.

We aren’t truly present to what is.

Jesus’ question in today’s scripture verse is meant to jolt us awake.

Be present!

And there’s another layer here. I will only speak for myself…but I know how many times the rug has been pulled out from under my “certainty” about this or that.

To really see and hear is to be open and humble.

The mystery of God and the universe…and our place in it…is still unfolding. Beware of people who give you stock answers of certainty in the realm of mystery.

If you truly had the answer…there would be no need to take the journey.

I believe God wants you to take your unique journey so that you are transformed by the answer you’ll find on the way.

Being given easy answers will not transform you.  Living out tough questionswill

Following Jesus requires the humility to admit we don’t know…and the willingness and openness to be changed.


Listen to the song of the  day “Turn Off the Noise” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

CD’s available for purchase at by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!


About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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