Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Unforced Rhythms of Grace

Do you ever get going so fast you don’t even stop to check if even doing it right? I find I go so fast sometimes that when I type a quick message to someone on e-mail or Facebook, and I don’t bother to check my typing, and I can get into big trouble.

Not too long ago I was reading a friend’s post on Facebook about going through a difficult time with her job situation. I decided to quickly post some encouraging words to her before I dashed off to make supper. I typed something like, “I’m praying for you to find a great job and don’t worry because it is God’s job to make your path straight. Your job is to just trust him.” I posted it in the comments section of her wall and ran off to start cooking. I never stopped to read my comment back to make sure there were no errors.

Later that evening, my sister, Robbie and I were sitting in the living room. I was playing with something on my iPad and she was looking at Facebook on her laptop. Suddenly she burst into uncontrollable laughter.

“What in the world are you laughing at?” I asked.

Robbie tried to answer, but she couldn’t stop laughing long enough.

“You’re driving me crazy,! I yelled. “What is so funny?”

Finally Robbie pulled it together long enough to try to explain her outburst.

“Don’t you ever read what you type?” she asked.

“What do you mean? What did I type?”

“You left a comment on Kim’s wall today, right?”

“Yes,” I answered. “She’s having a hard time with her job right now and I told her to just trust Him. So what’s so funny about that?”

“Come and look at what you typed,” said Robbie, trying to control her laughter.

I leaned over to look at Robbie’s laptop, reading the comment to myself. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Instead of typing “Just trust Him.” I typed, “Just trust Jim.”

We both screamed with laughter for about a half hour or so. It was hilarious. But it got even worse.

“Read Kim’s comment back to you,” said Robbie.

Kim had answered my comment with, “Polly, who is Jim and why should I trust Him? Does he have a job for me?”

After reading Kim’s comment I just fell on the floor laughing. It was like something you would see in a sitcom. It took us a long time to regain our composure.

“I’d better explain my comment,” I said. I quickly left another comment for Kim explaining what I really meant to say.

“No problem,” Kim wrote back. “You made me laugh out loud and I needed a good laugh.”

Sometimes we get moving and grooving just a tad too fast in life. We’re rushing here and there and never taking the time to really slow down to pay attention to what we’re doing and how well we’re doing it. We’re always tired and worn out from our busy lives as well. What's the solution?

“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 (MSG)

There’s the answer. We need to learn “the unforced rhythms of grace; to live freely and lightly.” We need to learn to slow down and rest in Him. Today that seems like the opposite of what the world tells us to do. The world is constantly telling us to grab all the gusto in life and to add more and more things to do to be the perfect wife, parent or woman. Soon we are moving too fast for words and we’re too tired to even care. There’s nothing fulfilling in that kind of life.

Tire? Worn out? Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. Stop striving. Just trust Jim, I mean, Him.