Jesus said, “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 11:29 Message]
His call is for our minds to rest: “Come unto Me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden.” [verse 28] He explains that there’s a rhythm that is unforced ~ the burden remains light; the yoke remains easy. The branch remains attached to the Vine and rests as its milk and honey flow from the Source.
I once road up front in a paramedic’s rescue vehicle when my mother was taken to the hospital. The driver warned me: “Prepare for a bumpy ride; the wheels on this vehicle are square.” I gained full understanding of that concept as he advanced forward. That experience comes to mind when I try to take charge of my own life…traveling on square wheels. Kal-lump…kal-lump…kal-lump! Definitely “heavy and ill-fitting.”
Desiring to learn the “unforced rhythms of grace,” I make my plea: Teach me to lean into Your stride, Lord. I rehearse: Be. Still. And. Know. That. I. Am. God.
As I say that over and over to myself, meditating on what that looks and feels like in relationship with Him, I’m beginning to get it. I wonder ~ does it match the rhythm of His heart beat.? Quietly I listen again: Be. Still. And. Know. That. I. Am. God.
Then I realize…These wheels are round. No bumps. An easy yoke. A light burden. It sounds and feels like peace and rest. My life is recovered, restored. I meditate, I listen, I feel how He does it. No more square wheels, just come unto Him and learn His ways: free and light.