As we develop rhythms in our lives, they help us to be more in tune with what is going on around us and within us. Rhythms give us a measuring point. When we are in rhythm we are more able to see when we become over tired, and out of sync.
Last week, after recovering from an illness, I felt like I was finally getting back into rhythm. I was getting up and getting my kids lunches packed for school, getting out the door on time, and managing to work more effectively than the previous week. Then we had an unexpected event happen, and I spent Monday night in the ER with my husband. We are grateful that everything is okay, and he is on the path to recovering his health, but it was an event that bumped us out of rhythm. I spent most of Tuesday trying to recover the sleep I had lost the previous night, and spent the day doing nothing. Even today as I write this, I can tell I’m still somewhat out of the rhythm I was in, and discovering what it looks like to get back into my rhythm.
Sometimes, we have to allow ourselves the space and time to discover what gets us back in rhythm. Sometimes these moments force us into solitude, deep conversation and contemplation with God. We were created to be in rhythm, so when we are out of sync these feelings will not last forever, even though in the moment it can be difficult to believe that.
Exodus 14:13-14 says, “The Lord will fight for you, you only have to keep still.” We are created to be in rhythm, but sometimes we have to sit back and discover what rhythm we are meant to be in. In those moments, we can be still, knowing that the Lord is fighting to help us discover the season and rhythm our life is in.