Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Rhythm of life

I remember my children, when they were little, learning to ballroom dance. I remember their tiny feet clad in the pretty silver shoes. 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4. When they danced they’d stare at their feet, counting – 1-2-3-4. 1-2-3-4. So focused on the steps that they would often end up out of time with the music. Their teacher would lift their heads and refocus them, then they could follow the rhythm and flow of the music.

If we solely and introspectively focus on what we are doing, if we obsess about getting every step 'right', our eyes drop from God’s grace and love down to the minutiae of our actions.  We end up out of step with the beautiful music of the universe.  We lose who we are. We forget to just be...

Phil Wickham puts it:

"It's falling from the clouds
A strange and lovely sound
I hear it in the thunder and rain
It's ringing in the skies
Like cannons in the night
The music of the universe plays...

"Beautiful and free
Song of Galaxies
It's reaching far beyond the milky way
Lets join in with the sound
C'mon let's sing it loud
As the music of the universe plays..."

Self-awareness can be helpful, but obsessive introspection causes us to lose focus on the Person of peace - Jesus - our lives feel discordant and jarring, and we deafen ourselves to the gentle whisper of God.

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