I want you to observe the rhythms of life. The words wafted through my mind like a gentle breath of cool fresh air. The words—an invitation—held the promise of deepening intimacy in relationship with He who spoke them into existence…
But what did the words mean? Rhythms of life? Now & then I have felt myself being drawn back to them… I see myself looking at them, testing them out like I’m tasting & smelling them or feeling & listening to them. Rhythm. Life. Come with me to explore them but then keep exploring, one day at a time, hand-in-hand with God the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ said, The thief approaches with malicious intent, looking to steal, slaughter, & destroy. But… He went on to say words reflecting the ‘Kingdom of God come here on earth’ reality wrapped up in love, faith, hope & glory (truth & a promise)… I came to give life with joy & abundance. (John 10:10—The Voice). God’s amazing grace & love in action—His love-gift to the world.
Paul wrote in the Bible, You were dead because of your sins & because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us & took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers & authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. (Colossians 2:13-15 NLT)
So then, we are free, in Christ, to observe the rhythms of life by the power of His Spirit to the glory of God the Father. Back to that question I asked earlier. What are the rhythms of life? If it was God who asked me to observe them (& it seems right to share this message with you today) then He holds them in His hand & wants them to be a deeper reality in my life & yours.
Rhythm speaks to me of music… the music of heaven. Rhythm speaks to me of the sound of flowing water in the river… the River of Living Water. Rhythm speaks to me of the sounds of birds singing in the early morning… glorious songs of praise & worship lifted up to our Daddy God whose mercies are new every morning.
Rhythms of life… flow from a life connected deeply into & embedded securely in the heart of the Father through the Spirit of Jesus Christ… Prayer life—listening, talking, writing. Community life— embracing relationship with God & people. Work life—being lived in partnership with Jesus empowered by His Spirit for the glory of God. Rest life—being still & letting our Lord be God. Taking time to let our bodies rest, relax & be restored & renewed. Letting our kind, powerfully strong & gentleman Father God carry our burdens as we continue on our journey through life.
Only in & through Jesus Christ, the hope of glory, will we discover true life-giving rhythms. Why? Because He is rhythm itself. So when our being is one with His, we will be moving in concert with Him… in harmony with the rhythms of life.
Heather Henson – 16-11-2015