My husband and I once took a ballroom dancing class with a group. It wasn’t quite as I had expected. During the very first day, our instructor dashed my hopes of competing on Dancing with the Stars and scoring perfect 10s at the end of our sessions. I didn’t take it personally because we hadn’t even started dancing yet.
And I didn’t let that stop me. I was going to get those steps right if it was the last thing I did. My husband watched patiently as I counted and walked out the steps. I thought I was doing so good, then the instructor informed us that in this particular dance, the man was to lead. Ooo-kay then. I was still on board though, but it only took one song for me to agree that we were not yet ready for the Mirrorball Trophy. I learned that ballroom dancing requires a unique form of teamwork to make it a presentation of rhythm and grace.
I find living life as a Christian requires something similar. I don’t mean just going to church or claiming the title, but making a real attempt to follow God’s plan for us. It takes some real commitment to do it the biblical way, but there are significant benefits when we do, including the well-known trio of love, joy, and peace.
Of course, life is really good about producing challenges of all kinds. Let’s see. There are the relationship kind, the financial kind, the job, the medical and the legal kind. The one thing they have in common is the ability to knock us off of our purpose and hinder us from accomplishing our goals. When challenges come at you one after another and sometimes even in pairs, it can make you feel overwhelmed. But God has a plan for that. When we work in unison with Him, we can overcome and move through life with an abundance of grace.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
There’s something about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. There is a rhythm to walking by faith. Each day is another opportunity to find His rhythm and groove with God. Getting to know him as a friend and learning to trust that the Word is true forms a firm foundation that any believer can build on. God continues to reveal to me that He is so much more than I ever knew when we initially began our relationship.
He is faithful. He is kind.
He is all-powerful.
He is everywhere. He knows everything.
He is jealous. He is just.
He is peace, and he is patient not wanting anyone to perish.
He is God Almighty.
Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.