Lately my rhythm has been off. I’ve felt lazy. When my rhythm is off life feels chaotic. When I am in rhythm my mind is clear. My stress level is low. I feel healthier and more at peace. There is freedom in rhythm.
I love music. I can get swept up in the rhythm of a song. It fills my soul. It makes me feel alive and refreshed. If the music is not in sync — if it is too loud or the drummer is off beat, it makes my head hurt. It causes stress instead of relieving it.
My personal rhythm affects me in the same way. Picture a pendulum swinging between rest and work…speaking and listening, being and doing… When that pendulum swings in a healthy rhythm, there is freedom. It’s like sitting on a porch swing on a warm sunny afternoon sipping lemonade. It is refreshing. It is restoring. No, life doesn’t always work that way. Things are not always not perfectly in sync. Some days it is rainy and cold. But I’m learning if I want to live a healthy abundant life, I need to always come back to that gentle rhythmic swing.
What does that look like for me? A big part is my morning quiet time with Jesus. This winter, I let the dark, cold mornings keep me in bed too much. I purposely sleep in a couple mornings a week. That is part of my rhythm. The other mornings, I get up, get showered, make coffee and sit with Jesus. I have not been doing that and my heart and soul have been unsettled. I have been lazy. This morning I got up and poured my heart out to Jesus an he filled me again. I need to get back in rhythm. I want to get back in rhythm. I need it. I miss it.
Spring is here. Jesus is Alive. New Life has been given to us. What will we do with it? How will we step into it? What will it look like for you to move from winter to spring? It is time to shake off the dust and rise up and sit on my swing again.