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Ripples that Harmonize
by Jennifer Kelly on November 1st, 2014

There are absolute patterns, designs, formulas, and laws that this universe abides within.

When you take those truths and mix them with art, mystery, love, passion, forgiveness, humbleness, and pain - God reveals Himself there.
 
When you understand that science was always meant to go hand in hand with spirituality; water turns into wine, loaves of bread feeds thousands, the lame walk and the blind see.
 
Because when you believe in Jesus: science dances and you walk on water.
Sometimes, when the sun is perfectly proportioned at a slight angle to the west, where cotton-candy clouds attempt to reach down and touch the ground - Your eyes suddenly catch the breeze of the trees dancing slowly to the grazioso of a perfect day. You stand still and start paying attention, very intently. You sense the rhythm of the world happening all around you.

Every shape, color, noise, and smell becomes highlighted and vivid when you take an average, ordinary day, into consideration. In that moment, where your body stands perfectly still to learn the nuances of the sun and the clouds, the breeze and the trees, the sights and the sounds; the day is anything but ordinary. It is overwhelmingly breathtaking.

The beat of the earth changes throughout the seasons and the animals almost always recognize it before we do. They pick up on the different smells, the slight drops in temperature, or the cascading shades of color that were once bright and green now turned yellow and brown. Birds fly south, bears hibernate, and butterflies take over fields of trees in a blanket, all making the necessary adjustments that is required from the transitions of seasons.

And then there are those other times, where the rhythm of the world no longer sways to the grazioso of a perfect day. Grey and wind and hail mix and move like a crescendo. The elements react angrily instead of coinciding peacefully. Where the sun and breeze and cotton candy clouds once existed, shades of gray can only be seen. The sweet and welcoming array of clouds that dipped down, now all of a sudden gather in a fury. You hear the winds howl and hurl themselves angrily against the trees they once so graciously danced with. If you’re paying attention you can smell trouble coming. You look and take note of the storm brewing from the east. Sometimes you find the rhythm of the world is chaotic, and you can hear the rain hit the pavement before you head inside for cover.
 
You see - I truly believe that rhythm is not just found in music or in the dialogue of bodies swaying to a beat. (Look) and (listen) and (feel). There are spiritual and physical and emotional elements of this world occuring all around you. There is a rhythm to life. It can be felt in seasons, in music, in a tempo, and a dance. Rhythm is in our circadian rhythm of waking and sleeping, in the hum of a newborn child, or in the eye of a storm.

Church has a rhythm. Baking and marriage and school and writing and math and cooking and running and eating… all have motion, all have patterns, all of which are moments captured in history. These beats, these moments in time, are either in agreement with you heart, mind, body, and soul, or they are not

As simple and as hard as that is to understand.

Just as there is a time for every season, just as patterns are found in and out of nature; so also is there a rhythm that is reverberating from deep within your bones.

Your life, actions, heart, and flesh, are beating.
Do you hear it?

Go ahead. Close your eyes and think about your last day, month and year. What do hear?  Is the rhythm harmonious, musical, sweet-sounding, and congruent? What does your life feel like to the ones you love? Sweet, hurried, present, or fragmented? Or is there a clanking, ill-fitting, noise that is being extracted from your life? Maybe there's only a slight beat that’s a bit off. You know it. Your rhythm between your heart, mind, body, and soul, knows it. The God that created life and light and sounds and order and rhythm knows it.

While you’re trying to listen to your life, please take note that your rhythm has nothing to do with how easy or hard your journey might be right now. I have walked through some of the most difficult times of my life with my heart, mind, body, and soul, in check. Some of the most amazing pieces of art or writings, miracles and life moments, have come out of despair, hurt or pain.

When I'm abiding within the patterns of obedience, prayer, sacrifice, worship and giving and I'm not sure about anything that's happening around me - Jesus never fails. He shows up like the tiniest ripple, in the in-between, the mess, and the still-dark-night. And before you know it, I'm in the harmony of His peace.

I have also experienced the opposite.  Where I have been completely unaware, jabbering all sorts of noise from my life. Like a three year old on a drum set. Waking to the sound of my own pattern, living in and for my own laws. It’s hard to listen to, much less watch for that matter.

Listen again. 

To align your heart and your mind and your body and your life, is the most difficult, life changing, honest, and healing journey you will ever have the opportunity to embark upon. But you have to slow down, get quiet, and listen. You have to be able to put your cell phone down and turn the television off. You have to get brave enough and quiet enough to sit down in the quiet and listen. You most certainly need the courage to be honest with yourself, with your family, and with those you love. You have to want a life that’s whole and full and round and complete. It’s exactly what Jesus offers.   

“I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Other translations use the word abundantly or fullest.  It is from the Greek word ‘perissos’ meaning: around, over and above. More than enough. (Key-Word Study Bible)

Do you have life that is over and above, wide and deep, around and full? Is Jesus the tempo to your rhythm? Do you really believe that He loves you, so-much-so, that your actions and life align (like a beautiful song) to that truth?

When you stop talking and get quiet, or take the time to center yourself in prayer and solitude; it’s in these moments where you hear the Holy Spirit whisper. You realize the weight of chains. You notice sin patterns. You see your life for what it has become.

Rhythm is a science, it’s a beat, and it’s a tempo. Either your rhythm is off on its own somewhere or it is congruently playing with the One that matters. Your song of life, what your soul becomes, is the most important rhythm you’ll ever come to understand.

Moses understood this.
“The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation” (Exodus 15:2; NKJV).

David remembers after he lost his rhythm and turns to the Lord.
“He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord” (Psalms 40:3; NKJV).

Paul wrote and encouraged the early church to make a “melody in your heart”.
“…but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Ephesians 5:18b-20; NKJV).

There is beauty and magic in a song, there is also elements of notes and harmony and rhythm. You are God’s poem, artistry and creation. He lovingly desires your life to reflect that truth. Like a beautiful song of praise. But before that can happen, you have to stop - quiet down and listen to the rhythm of your life.

Your actions, your heart are beating.
Does the rhythm of your life align with what you believe?

Ripples do harmonize. Slow and steady and perfectly. And they matter. But you have to really be paying attention to your life to understand your patterns. Are you waist deep in waves of chaos...

Or is your life a song of salvation?


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