Sunday, November 23, 2008

Unforced Rhythms of Grace...revisited :)

I have been asking a certain question of God these last few weeks. God, show me what it is you are doing? Now the reason I have been asking this question is out of a sincere heart of wanting to know. You see I spent many years as a Christian, heading down pathways and following certain journeys only to find out, to my great surprise half way through that I was in the race or on the journey all by myself. Thinking I was doing the will of God…but to my great shock finding out that I was doing the whole thing in my own time, my own strength, my own way… what messes I would find myself in.

Funny thing though, I wouldn’t even notice my solitary walk till I found myself burned out, or really frustrated about what I was doing.

One year I was at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center and I walked into our room with another family and kids swarming all around me I picked up this leaflet that was the theme of the conference that week and this is what I read…

Mat 11:27-30 Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. "The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I'm not keeping it to myself; I'm ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.
"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."

I remember sudden tears springing to my eyes, my heart was caught in my throat, and all I wanted to do is run from the room and pour out my pain to God. I came to a quick deep realization at that precise moment that I had no idea what in the world on God’s precious green planet was an “unforced rhythm of grace” …and then I knew I was in for it big time. I needed a lesson on understanding this concept of walking with God. There was a great big hint right there in the passage…walking WITH God…oh yeah…dah!

Well I have had ample opportunity to share this lesson lately with a few young people. And you know how when you share a truth with someone, you find yourself being held accountable to it? So here I am focused, watching, waiting and looking to see what it is my Master is up to, so I can simply join with Him and do that! It is so simple, right? Well is should be ;>)

I think it is a good heads up as we head into the Holiday Season, where so much is going on to distract us and get us off course…His course. So I hope you will join me on my journey with the King this season…following in His footsteps, watching what it is He is doing, and just doing that… living in that “unforced rhythm of grace.”
You can click on unforced rhythm of grace to see my first post if you want on this scripture.
By the way Vee...painting project is almost complete and I will post it for you my dear encouraging has been horrendous, but I am pleased with how it is turning out.


Judy said...

Thanks for sharing this message...from The Message. I need to be constantly reminded to live in that 'unforced rhythm of grace'.

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

This is such a good word. I, too, have gone on my own steam at times and then realized I was busy, but not really busy with the Lord. I thought I had been doing so much to further the kingdom, but I was rushing so much I couldn't hear Him like I needed to. I love that phrase, 'unforced rhythm of grace'. Isn't the Lord so gentle with us...while we are running around thinking we are helping Him, we are many times just running around doing busy work. He is still there to put His arms around us when we finally realize He is our strength. I so enjoy your posts.

Strider said...

Good stuff.

MARIA said...

I'm thankful that I met you!
It is my gift from God.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

krystyna said...

I needed a lesson on understanding this concept of walking with God too.
I think that it is essence of real, happy life.
Life is too short not to enjoy every singe day walking with God.
I'm going to choose to walking with God!

Thank you for this great inspiration.

God bless!

Lavinia said...

God makes all things possible, doesn't He?

By the way, what Bible is this you are quoting? In my bible, this scripture reads quite differently.

a woman who is said...

Lavinia...I meant to put that down. It is MSG, The Message Bible. It is not my everyday Bible, but I do like to read it at times and see a more contemporary language being used.

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