August 2023 Column
Rhythms of Life
Follow His Lead
The very thought of change in different areas of our lives can be unsettling. We all want to know what is going to happen next! What if the vicissitudes of life taught us about life and how God wants us to live life? There is a spectrum of experiences life is filled with that we should begin to embrace. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon realizes a plethora of understandings through his journey of questioning why and how life works. Solomon lands his plane of exploration with the fact that the most important thing in life is “to fear God and obey his commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Before he arrives at that conclusion, he shares with the reader the importance of embracing the rhythms of life (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). Solomon’s ultimate realization is that the most important thing in life is “to fear God and obey His commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). This fear is not about being afraid but rather acknowledging the awe-inspiring nature of God and humbling ourselves before His wisdom and providence. By aligning our lives with God’s commands, we find a path that leads to fulfillment and purpose.
Understanding this idea of divine alignment allows us to be in tune with the rhythms of life. God has a general purpose for all of his children as he “hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” (Ephesians 1:4). Because of our individuality and uniqueness, there is a specific purpose for each of us to live out as “The Lord says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalms 32:8). We must begin to ask God to teach us and help us along this pathway. Walking fully in the multifaceted purpose God designed for our lives is key to having the right mindset on how we see the rhythms. No longer will we be off beat or “lacking rhythm” as we accept divine direction to coincide with the rhythms of our lives.
Life is full of movement, fluctuations, vacillations, and variations that occur regularly. God wants us to understand that it’s ok to experience change and to allow him to accompany us in midst of the life shifts, ups and downs, crying and laughing, mourning and dancing, through it all! The reason for the rhythms are to realize, reflect, and reshape our relationships with God. Be encouraged today to let God dictate the pace of your rhythms as you learn about life and how God wants you to live life.
Questions for Discussion
Let us be encouraged to approach life with a sense of wonder and openness. Let us embrace the changes as opportunities for growth and learning. Instead of resisting the natural flow of life, let us align ourselves with God’s will, knowing that He has a purpose for each season we encounter. May we find strength and peace in the knowledge that we are not alone in our journey and that God’s loving presence guides us through every twist and turn.