Body Language

I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.  (Psalm 40:1)

          Body language is an interesting study.  We tell someone by how we stand or what we do with our hands whether we are interested in them.  “Body language is an important part of communication which can constitute 50% or more of what we are communicating.”1 
          I find it interesting to watch a political debate and then the media coverage following the debate.  Every body movement is analyzed to see if the candidates are telling the truth and can be trusted. Their body language can tell us if they are nervous or confident. 
          I was visiting a counselor and during my session he looked at his watch.  All I could think was, “I’m pouring my heart out, sharing my deepest feelings, and you are not interested, and you are getting paid to be interested!” 
          My husband and I were making conversation with another couple and I was telling a story.  Before I finished my story, the people lost interest and it was obvious by their body language.  I looked at my husband and finished the story so that it ended without anyone noticing how ridiculous I felt.  I didn’t want to just quit mid-sentence.  My husband had heard the story and knew how awkward I felt.  It was all we could do to keep from cracking up laughing. 
          Body language gives an indication of our attitudes and feelings towards others. “We angle toward people we find attractive, friendly and interesting and angle ourselves away from those we don’t, it’s that simple.”2  In Psalm 40:1, the psalmist says that God uses body language, too.  When I call on Him, He not only listens to me, He leans in to hear what I have to say.  He finds me interesting, and He never stops listening!

Joyce Hayes

Artist-in-residence at America’s Keswick
Writer for “Real Victory for Real Life” 
365 Devotional Thoughts in the Spirit of America’s Keswick
VOLUME 2
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1 http://changingminds.org/techniques/body/body_language.htm
2 http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Phipps3.html

One thought on “Body Language

  1. Stphanie L. Dickinson says:

    Ah, Joyce —you’re speakin’ my “language”, dear one. You are so beautiful – everything about you – your loveliness, your music, your laughter (it’s contagious), and now I find that even your writing is wonderful !!!!
    You hit upon one of my very huge “pet peeves”…..people who listen and don’t really listen. The ole’ “looking at one’s watch” trick or the moving of one’s eye contact away from you while speaking….or how about when somebody begins to actually TALK to somebody else while you’re talking !!!! I’ve already been sharing my heart to a person when they look at somebody else and say, “Oh, >>>>>(name) I’ll be done here in just a sec….stay there; I’ll be with you in a moment.”
    Thank G-d we have G-d, yes ?!? (As a Messianic, I don’t spell out HIS name). Nevertheless, the really GOOD thing about people who seemingly don’t care about us is that a) we have the Savior who is always right there and will never leave our conversation until we say “Amen” and even then he’s just a whisper away and b) it seems to make folks like you and myself even MORE sensitive to those who are sharing their hearts with us. No matter WHAT – be it fire, storm, or hail….I refuse to take my attention from somebody who is speaking to me. If they seem to take a tad long in sharing and my time is drawing nigh when I must leave, then I find a moment in the midst of their conversation and will say something like, “I am SO sorry – can I call you when I get home and you can finish telling me this? I am SO interested, but my child needs me or my mother is waiting for me, etc.”
    Thanks, Joyce, for sharing your beautiful heart so very poignantly. I can tell you one thing: You bring tears to the face of our L-rd when you share the beauty of your songs and singing! Tears come to me, as well, so many times when you sing songs which contain lyrics so very powerful and relevant to my life.
    Blessings on your day and weekend – and please send my love to you dear family.
    Stephanie Dickinson
    B.S.Min. CCLC
    Lancaster, Pa.

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