Monday, February 22, 2010

Life Rhythms

Suggested Reading: Ecclesiastes 3

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.

Genesis 8:22

“Have you ever lived in a neighborhood where no one has a job?” Startled by his question I simply answered, no. “I have” he said. Our encounter began as a knock on the door, dog yowling nuisance – my interrupter was pushing a sale and I was eager to end our conversation. His question changed the course of our interaction. Closing the door a few minutes later, with two bottles of a miracle cleaner in hand, I hoped that his life would get better for the sale.

For many years I kept looking out ahead in an attempt to see where my life might be going. Frequently looking around me I would adopt the lives of others and incorporate them into my plans. It took awhile for me to finally wake up to the fact that as much as I might try to change things, fighting the rhythm of life is fruitless.

Like the living conditions of the young man at my door, there are an abundance of injustices. But, it has been the actions of man that has messed with God’s rhythm of life, tipping the scales of balance, creating what seems unfair.

God’s rhythm, however, is worth embracing for its periods of work and rest. The consistency of His rhythm never changes. What I have to do is to stop working so hard to make it fit into my schedule.

Thought for the Day: How can I live more fully into God’s rhythm for my life?

Jesus, help me to live my
life according to your rhythm.

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