Can you feel it?
Though it’s still HOT in North Carolina, and the leaves are still green. . .
Though the water is still warm enough for this fair weathered swimmer to immerse her whole body into the ocean, and the insects still orchestrate a concert every night. . .
Though I have no children to make peanut butter sandwiches for every day before they walk to school. . .
I feel it.
I can feel the change of season in the air. Fall is on its way.
I may need to purchase some yellow mums, change the wreathe on the front door, and light the pumpkin spice candle even though it’s a little early.
I love the seasons. And I love change. But even as a person who likes change, it is always more challenging than anticipated. New seasons in life such as moving to a new town, having a baby, or children moving away, or taking a new job, they all require adjustment and grace.
. . . Grace to find your new rhythm.
In simplest of terms, grace is what God gives us for eternal life as He forgives our sins, it’s unmerited favor. But His grace is also manifested through the Holy Spirit with gifts of strength, joy, and peace. And I don’t think it ironic that another definition of grace can be applied to a dancer.
For grace gives us rhythm to dance through the new season with beauty.
King Solomon, the wisest man in the world, wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away, (I like this one.)
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Do you hear the rhythm?
It’s the same rhythm found in nature, gravity, music, and art. Even in our breath.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
A new season or major change in our lives often knocks us off balance. We find ourselves stumbling trying to regain our footing. But new seasons often demand new shoes and a new dance.
I’m learning that the new rhythm only comes with time and acceptance, letting go and allowing God to lead. I only find my rhythm when I trust Him in the change.
But despite my awkward beginnings the rhythm will come.
Just like fall.
Go buy some new shoes. You’ll feel better.
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I’d love to hear your thoughts: Was there anything in the famous Ecclesiastes passage that you didn’t realize was there. Will this passage help you gain your rhythm?
Jesus Loves You!