Hi! I have had a break from writing blog posts, but am happy to be back! :)
As a Life Coach I often talk with clients about rhythms. Rhythms of daily life, rhythms of family life, work, spiritual life, exercising, etc.
Rhythm is defined as "a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound. A pattern, flow, or tempo."
I love this! There is something grounding about rhythm, about routine. To know what is coming and what is expected. It can be counted on. It's familiar. It's being back to the same place, no matter the season. Some of our rhythms are physical and concrete-- running the same route every morning, sitting in that same chair for time with God, driving through the same coffee shop on the way to work (what do you get?? espresso for me!), finishing the dishes and turning off the kitchen lights at night. Some of our rhythms are more abstract-- words that run through our minds, subconscious patterns, etc.
Our rhythms bring us back to the same place, no matter the season. Here's one example that sticks out for me. I have walked the same loop on a path near my home dozens and dozens of times over the last year-- over 100 miles. Sometimes it's 75 and sunny, sometimes 35 and quite cold, sometimes flooded from rain! But, it's the same path, the same loop, the same rhythm. When I first started walking there I didn't know where I was on the path; all the turns looked the same. Now, I know all the turns. I recognize benches and trees. I know what to expect. I love it. It's part of my routine.
How does this relate to growing as a Christ-follower?
I believe it's a picture of how to have a thriving prayer life. A rhythm of prayer becomes expected. It can be counted on. When I have a lifestyle and rhythm of prayer God can get to me. God doesn't have to interrupt me!
Let the world get quiet and hear the voice of God. He longs to talk to each of us! To you! To me!
God, today I carve out time for You. I know You will speak to me how I need to hear.
So, I encourage you to establish (again or for the first time) a rhythm of prayer. Same place, same time. It's expected. It can be counted on. It might "look" new at first, but soon you will recognize the trees and look so forward to this time with your God each day! I pray you and I will stick to this rhythm of prayer in all seasons-- when the parking lot is full because it's a beautiful, sunny day and all is going well in my life; and when the walking path is almost empty because it's cold and windy and life feels all wrong.
May God bless your rhythm of prayer!
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing. ~ Zephaniah 3:17