Friday, December 28, 2012

Unforced Rhythm

Waking up this morning, 
I heard Jesus say to me,
Just come to Me.
I am your peace all day long.
Trust that I am with you and 
that my life in you is available 
so that this day is full of grace.

A bit later, I was on Bible Gateway to find
Matthew 11:28 as verse of the day.
I love when that happens.
It is as though He stands with a gift
and can't wait for me to open it.
He has so ministered to my heart.
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 have read this so many times before
and love how The Message puts it.
We can labor with the rhythm of grace
or we can fight against it.
Being emptied of our own strength
gets us in a better position
to flow with the unforced rhythms.
We can get used to the push back.
The push back is what we experience as stress.
But He didn't come for the push back.
He came that we might have abundant life.
That we might work with Him
and experience a life of rest.
Thank You, Lord, for speaking 
as I woke today.
I choose to come.
I need to learn how Your grace works.
I want to walk in step with
its unforced rhythms.
One with You. 
At peace and at rest wherever I am 
and whatever I am doing.
It's what Your abundant life is all about.


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