In my spare time, I am a drummer and percussionist. I love rhythm – I feel the beat. Recently, I have been thinking about the rhythms of life in this fast-paced, often frenetic world we live in. Life in the BUS office has been very busy over the last few months as we have been gearing up and preparing for our extra special 150th Anniversary Assembly and we are really looking forward to this culmination of a year of celebration and thanksgiving. I think we are also looking forward to a moment of pause afterwards, to catch our breath!
I have been thinking about Jesus’s ministry and teaching and the rhythms He put in place for His disciples. Mark 6:30-31 says, ‘The apostles gathered round Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’’ (NIVUK)
There is a rhythm of ministry and giving out, and also a rhythm of rest. Both are important; both are necessary. Too much of a weighting to either one equals an imbalance. God has made life in creation a rhythm – fast and slow; life and death; time and tide; breathing in and out.
So, what rhythm do you find yourself in at the moment? Do you thrive on fast-paced work and ministry or are you a steady ‘plodder for Jesus’? Are you in a period of pouring yourself out for others and the kingdom or are you at a place where Jesus tenderly takes your hand and says ‘come away by yourself and rest’?
Whatever rhythm or season you find yourself in just now, know that Jesus is right there with you.