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Be Prepared For Motion Sickness (4 of 10)
Series: This World Is Not My Home
I Peter 2:11-25
OPEN: Tom had never gone deep-sea fishing before, and once he was out at sea he began to think it was the stupidest thing he'd ever done in his life. Who would ever have believed that seasickness could be this awful? With every pitch and roll, Tom wondered how he was going to survive the remaining two hours of the trip.
About that time one of the deckhands came up to him and said, "Don't worry, young fella. Nobody ever died of seasickness."
Tom looked up and cried, "Oh please don't say that. It's the hope of dying that's keeping me alive."
How many of you have ever experienced car sickness or motion sickness?
Me too. It's really unpleasant isn't it?
It goes by many names:
• Travel sickness
• Air sickness
• Car sickness
• Sea sickness
• Even SPACE sickness (astronauts get "motion sickness" too)
It happens when our eyes get focused on something that isn't moving while the vehicle we're riding in IS moving. It happens a lot to me if I'm trying to read a book while I'm a passenger in a car. My eyes are focused on the book. The book isn't moving …but the car is. My inner ear senses the motion of the vehicle. But there's this conflict with what my eyes are sensing.
So, when we suffer from motion sickness it's because there's a conflict between REALITY - which our inner ear is experiences and a FALSE IMPRESSION - which is what our eyes PERCEIVE.
As a result we get disoriented and dizzy and nauseated.
It's the difference between perception (of that which is not true) and reality (which is true) that gives us motion sickness.
I Peter tells us that we are travelers in this world. Peter says
• We need to "live (our) lives as strangers here" I Peter 1:17
• And that we are indeed "aliens and strangers in the world" I Peter 2:11
Now as we "travel" through this world we can get disoriented, because we may perceive things to be true t ...
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