Much has been made about maintaining balance in our lives. We don’t want to be workaholics, but neither do we want to become lazy. We need to rest without becoming lethargic. We need to pray and study but we also need to take action. To be certain, we must figure out where all the different roles fit within the context of our life. I submit, however, that it is more about rhythm than it is about balance. Personalities are so unique that each of us will have differing capacities and priorities, and therefore what looks like a life that is wholly unbalanced to one person may in fact be the perfect balance for another. The key is how we allow the ebb and flow of life to pass through us; this is our rhythm.
As we read in the book of Ecclesiastes, there is a time for everything under the sun. God has created us to be a diverse people with varying tastes and styles. We have unique talents and abilities that we use in our own distinct ways that reveal the fingerprint of God on our lives. We pursue passions and a direction that God has instilled within us in ways that sometimes only makes sense to ourselves! God’s heart beats in a steady pulse that resonates in different rhythms for all of us. We must learn to tune into our personal rhythm and live in that flow.
The key to discovering your rhythm is to maintain your focus on Jesus Christ. When we are seeking Him first, we settle into an easy cadence that permits us to handle whatever comes our way. Did you ever notice that when you are focused on God that hard times or circumstances rarely seem so difficult? We are able to keep everything in perspective and understand that whatever befalls us on earth is truly a small thing in the grand scheme of eternity. When life begins to feel overwhelming or when we become depressed or unhappy, this is a sure sign that you have fallen out of rhythm.
I’m sure you’ve heard musical performances where the drummer “loses the beat”; his job is to supply the tempo and the rhythm for the group. When he falls out of time, the rest of the band loses their place and the ensuing cacophony is far from pleasant! God is the great cosmic drummer and supplies the tempo for our lives; He never misses a beat. However, if we stop listening for the beat, if we start playing our own rhythm, we get lost and start playing chaotic notes that don’t fit the song we have been given to perform. To carry the analogy a little further, when we are in rhythm, all of the various parts of the composition we are performing work together in beautiful harmony; when we get off time, all the parts come into conflict with one another and it takes great effort to pull them all back together again. As any musician knows, the way to get back on track is to relax and listen for the beat that is being laid down by the drummer. Once you hear it, you are then able to easily get back within the flow of the music. You have rediscovered your rhythm.
It is important that you pay attention to the tempo God is setting for your life. You keep in rhythm by focusing on Him so as not to lose your place. When our eyes stay focused on Jesus, all of the distractions of life are easily handled and put in their proper perspective. If you are feeling overwhelmed, chances are you have lost the beat in your relationship with Christ. Find some quiet time to get alone with Him and listen for the rhythm. Write down anything that is causing you stress. Putting it down on paper gets it out of your head and allows you to pray through the issue and determine tangible steps you can take to eliminate the problem. As you slowly decompress and spit out the cacophony of notes in your mind, you free up space to hear the divine heartbeat of God. Listen closely to the beat and find your rhythm. Relax and enjoy the beautiful song He is creating through the music of your life.