"Fears and worries...will encircle you, seeking entrance, so you must stay alert. ..turning back fear before it can gain a foothold." (162)
Remember a time when you tried to "stay alert" and it seemed impossible to do so? I have certainly struggled with staying alert, especially when the desire to fall asleep was overwhelming. I have even had a dream that I was awake, when I had really fallen asleep! It was very alarming...I was driving down the road! Yikes!
As our boys were growing up they would sometimes vacillate from being spiritually passionate and then spiritually indifferent. They just wouldn't seem as tuned-in and alert to spiritual things and were more inclined to give in to temptation. When it became an issue of concerned to me, I would tell them I wondered if they were getting spiritually sleepy.
I know that when I become spiritually sleepy it's harder to "stay alert" and fight off the fears and worries this world throws my direction.
Keepin' Eyes Wide Open...dmc