Life for many of us is lived in the fast lane! We have full schedules, long lists of must do’s and very little time to pause. Often our hearts are responding more to the beat of our smart phone notifications than to the heartbeat of our Lord. But when we take time to respond to the prompting of God on our hearts and not the prompt of our calendars we find opportunities of being a blessing and for blessings.
It’s the putting aside of a busy schedule to make room to listen to a friend in need. It is the pausing at the school drop off instead of rushing to the first appointment of the day and letting our children show us their artwork in their classroom. It’s the taking time at work to look up from our computer and encourage a colleague.
When we allow space in our days we create opportunities to be in tune with God’s heart and His purposes. It means that we have the capacity and grace to go off schedule in response to God. We live open to God interrupting our day with His plans instead of brushing them off or ignoring them. Maybe it’s taking time to provide someone with a meal or to write a letter encouraging someone. Maybe it’s putting aside our agenda in a conversation to really listen to the other person. Or maybe it is allowing God to minister to you – to give you encouragement, to demonstrate His love for you.
Pause. Breathe. And respond to God’s heartbeat.
“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)
The Waterfront on Tamaki Drive is a gorgeous and popular place to go for a walk. Stunning views across the harbour, Pohutukawa trees providing as much beauty as shade, a fresh sea breeze. As I head into work on the early morning commute I can’t help but envy those out taking advantage of our clear autumn mornings for a walk.
What I have observed as I drive by are the variety of walkers. From the Power walkers pounding the payment to the music of their ipods to the couples taking an early morning stroll together. There are the runners and also the amblers. The ones there for the social chat to the mums with their babies snuggled in the buggies making the most of their early morning wake up calls. They are all there for various reasons and purposes. All going at their own pace. All at their own rhythm.
It gives a great illustration of life. We are all in different seasons to each other, in different stages of life. And God gives us grace for the season that He has called us to. Grace to stay in that job or endure the challenges that life is bringing. Grace to endure broken nights sleep for the care of little ones, grace to write, to create, grace to chart new territories.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your live. 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)
Creflo Dollar wrote “The grace of God on our lives gives us the ability to do everything He has called us to do as we allow our steps to be ordered by Him.” Grace is the kindness and favour of God. Where He calls us, He also equips us, including a big dollop of grace!
Jesus offers us a life lived with grace. An opportunity to live a life with God’s rhythm of grace.