The Rhythm of God

16-Sept-2006

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 11:28b (The Message Bible)

While riding along in a car with a good friend of mine, she started talking about being in a rhythm with God. How being out of that rhythm is a difficult place to be, and when we know our Lord, we know the rhythm of His walk, and to be in step with Him is right where we want to be—anywhere else just does not feel right.

When we get to know our Lord, to know His character, we can know the rhythm of His walk. We can know when the path we are on is, or is not, the path of His choosing, and we can stop and listen and adjust our “gait” until what we feel is a fluid motion—like a dance that glides perfectly along with the rhythm of God. When we move with Him, when we walk in His footsteps, when our lives reflect the life of His Son, Jesus Christ, life should be a dance with Him. If it’s not, are we missing something? Are we not hearing the “music” of Heaven in our hearts? Are we marching to the beat of a different drummer…? God is asking us to walk with Him, just as Adam and Eve did. He knows we get distracted, hurried, stressed…and He’s saying, “Watch how I do it, and learn. There’s a rhythm to it, filled with grace for your life.” He’s asking us, “Do you wanna dance?” But there are things that interrupt our walk with God, things that muffle the rhythm we hear in our head that is of Him.

In Ephesians 4:13 (The Message), it talks about the gifts each one of us is given and how when they are used as God designs, “we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.” If we will dance with God as His body the Church, we will see the Church move “rhythmically and easily with each other.”

There is a Prom waiting for all who believe. There is that special dance still ahead where we will be face-to-face with our Lord. That’s when Jesus will take us in His arms and we will never be out of step again. The music will be perfect, the lighting will be perfect, the clothes will be perfect, the food will be perfect and our Date will be perfect. All the times we think we missed out on here, the times when we didn’t get asked to the dance or were too afraid to join in once we got there, will be left behind. All the uneasiness we once felt, the betrayal that scarred our tender heart, the lack we felt, the future that might have seemed bleak, will be left behind. The shadows that were cast, the darkness that surrounded us, will be left behind…we will be in perfect step with the Love of our life!

Hallelujah!!

Until then, we have some dance lessons we must attend to. We have some instructions in God’s Word to read that can help us along. It’s being in step with God’s will that will help us through this life—when we can hear the music of Heaven there will be a definite rhythm to this life.