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!
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Writer for “Real Victory for Real Life”
365 Devotional Thoughts in the Spirit of America’s Keswick
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