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Finding Your Rhythm
As I reflect on today’s sermon I find myself amazed at how simple life should be. The sun rises and falls every day, the tides roll in and out over and over and over. Summer follows Spring which comes right after Fall and Winter every year. Flowers always bloom in spring and trees always lose their leaves in Fall. We could say it’s like clockwork, but in reality, the clock is made possible by the rhythm God has set in the universe.
If life should be simple, why does it feel so complex? The short answer would be that sin has entered into God’s perfect creation and caused an element of chaos to be present. This explains why sometimes the rolling waves can become a highly destructive tsunami! For many, however, the chaos is not an occasional event but has become a lifestyle. We choose to live frantic, harried, haggard, crazy lives. How do does one get off the treadmill?
I must credit Henry Nouwen for the three point outline I used today to describe how Jesus lived according to God’s rhythm. The concepts of Solitude, Community, and Ministry have helped me a great deal to slow my life down and follow the leading of God’s Spirit. To read Nouwen’s insightful article click here. Life really can be much simpler than many choose to live around us. Look to Jesus and he will show you the way.