I came across this description of God at work that seemed so relevant to this series that I wanted to share it with you. It comes from a book called The Grace Outpouring by Roy Godwin and Dave Roberts about the wonderful things God is doing in and through Ffald-y-Brenin, a Christian retreat centre in West Wales.
She just looked at me and said. “Can I share a word with you? God says that he works with you in ebbs and flows, and you get worried with the ebb. He is working in ebbs and flows with you so that his work is sustainable. And he allows the ebbs in order for you to consolidate and rest, take a deep breath, have time to rest and sleep, catch up on all the ordinary things that need to be done. This is so that you are able to sustain things during the next flow. This is God’s plan and pattern of working with you.”
I thought about the ebb and flow, how the tide comes crashing in and sliding out. I thought about how we breathe in and out, our cycles of minutes and hours, days, weeks, months and years. The cycles of sun and moon, and seasons.
Music, dancing, walking, running – they all need rhythm. It seems to me that there is rhythm throughout God’s creation – a gift of grace to sustain it.
The nature of rhythm includes rest. It is a gift of grace to sustain us.
This is Day 28 of The Rhythm of Rest series (Write 31 Days challenge).