Monday, March 22, 2010

Learning the Unforced Rhythms of Grace

Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: 
"Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth.
You've concealed your ways from sophisticates
and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly
to ordinary people. Yes, Father,
that's the way you like to work."
Matthew 11:25-26

Just ordinary people.

That's who God reveals His ways to.

He likes to work that way.

So, why do I try to be more than I am?

Why would I want to be above others, to hold myself apart and aloof?

Why would I want to pretend to have no problems, no issues, no weaknesses?

I'm just ordinary. 

And that's good enough for God.

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
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 won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Matthew 11:28-30

I want to learn the unforced rhythms of grace.

Not rigid, not forced, not contrived.

God learned, free and light.

Life giving and restful.

Keeping company with Jesus, walking and working with Him.

Show me how to live this way, Lord. 

I want to learn the unforced rhythms of grace.

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