Are they independent or dependent on me? Do they help themselves to more of my grace?
God told me this when I was fasting. Sometimes when I am most focused on him, like during a fast, He pours out these deep questions. Too many to count and it makes me feel as if He is sharing more of himself. Isn’t that the way it is? You pay attention, you learn. The more you pay attention, the more you learn.
I do love to think about His grace. And I do love this phrase from the Message Bible… learn the unforced rhythms of grace (Matt 11:28-30). The beauty of this phrase has been mentioned to me many times by others. And don’t you love those beautiful phrases that cause your mind to turn the phrase and look at it from different angles, perhaps look at numerous bible versions to see all of the different ways it is portrayed.
We should cleave knowledge to our breast with phrases precious to us. They are meaningful and move to a powerful place in our minds where we store memories of how God showed up during a troubling time.
There are those special sermons and scriptures that surround you like an afghan on a chilly day. Swaddled like a baby in a manger, you reflect on them as you rest. They bring comfort and sustain you until better days arrive.
When I think of the phrase, unforced rhythms, I think about the rhythm of ocean waves, how they cannot fail and are truly unforced. The consistency of the waves is steady, you have a solid knowing that one will come after the other. The ocean waves are not challenged, the moon’s pull determines their end point. Much like the waves of the ocean being pushed and pulled by the moon and told where to stop… God directs the grace waves pushing and pulling it, and telling it where its boundaries are.
Un-blahhG author, Carrie McClellan is a jogging / jumping / step-running engineering firm marketing manager. She desires to introduce friends to the glories of regular exercise and healthy cooking.