There’s nothing quite like a song with a strong, lively beat —one that makes us want to move our body. Let me hear a Bruno Mars or Justin Timberlake song and this girl thinks she can dance. Whether we’re tapping fingers or swaying side-to-side, our basic response to the rhythm of a song is some form of movement.
Life can be very much like a dance. There is a pace — a rhythm to it. In Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) Jesus asks us to follow His lead and to allow Him to set the pace for our lives:
“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.”
Jesus’ encouragement to “walk with Him and learn the unforced rhythms of grace” is His desire for us to move in the power of suppleness and to live the life He’s called us to. It is an invitation to all who may experience religion, pain, stress, burnout or exhaustion to live freely and in wholeness.
How’s your rhythm these days? What “music” is blaring in your ears in this season? Who or what is setting the pace to life? Are hectic schedules and diverse demands framing your life? Is fear or pain paralyzing you from moving forward?
Jesus’ invitation is the choreography to facing challenging situations or living through an ordinary day. He reminds us His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He is asking us to attach, to join ourselves to Him, and to walk in step with Him. When we are yoked to Him, He carries most of the weight and that allows us to rest. When we take on His yoke, then He will set the pace for our lives. Religion won’t do that for us — it only adds burdens we were never meant to carry. It’s only through a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus where this grace is revealed to and through us.
What if every time we step into a situation or crisis, our gait is smooth, never clumsy nor awkward? Just imagine if our peaceful composure is the expression of hope desperately needed by a stranger we may meet. Our alignment in Jesus will grace us for any circumstance life throws our way.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life –– and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it.” Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)
For the last several months, I have watched friends face numerous life-altering events: a cancer diagnosis, the responsibility of caring for an elderly parent, health setbacks, family tension, the sudden, unexpected loss of a father, and a husband with Alzheimer’s being rescued after leaving their home in the middle of the night. Each friend walked through his/her situation with grace — that flexibility to move in God’s strength. Their lives have taught me again that establishing and maintaining this rhythm of grace leads to living in a unexplainable peace and wholeness.
So, how are your moves these days? Are they awkward, chaotic, and totally out of step? If so, Jesus is waiting to take the lead and teach you the unforced rhythms of grace.
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Today’s writer, Sharon Black has a heart to encourage & motivate women. She is passionate about challenging them to pursue the heart of God & discover their spiritual identity. Sharon is married & the mother of two adult children and is fondly known by her two grandsons as GiGi.