Watching a football game, especially a lopsided one, often moves into one of two directions. Either the losing team knows that the cause is lost or the doggedly pursue winning right to the last second regardless of the score. Usually the obvious body language talking is the shoulders, but that isn’t the only part. A person’s running style, level of aggression, and the willingness to fight through a tackle come into play. Everyone can read the signals, if only the person who was screaming knew what they were saying!
When I am working with someone it is a luxury to sit and echo back what I am hearing non-verbally. After years of suffering through accusations from Cherry, Carli, and Whitney that I have a “tone” I have come to the reluctant conclusion that I am as unconnected with my body language as most of the people I work with!
Question Time in British politics is a classic example of body language. The debate often strikes people who are not British as something strange and bizarre. Why should the prime minister stand and debate the issues of the day every week before a House of Parliament? Is it really necessary for the ruling political power to be accountable this frequently and publicly in this day and age? What is the point?
The beautiful point is that people gain a better sense of where others stand. I would be the last person to suggest that the obvious is actually the answer intended.
God spends an extraordinary about of time trying to communicate with us. There are moments when Divinity’s patience must wear thin. Joel records one of these moments.
“As for you, Tyre and Sidon and Philistia, why should I bother with you? Are you trying to get back at me for something I did to you? If you are, forget it. I'll see to it that it boomerangs on you.” (Joel 3.4)
Angry? Don’t worry; God will deal with it. Struggling to sense belonging and love? God words and language is bold. Listen and you will hear.