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Catching the Rhythm

I want you to imagine this scene in your mind; A seasoned surfer, skillfully riding the waves, perfectly attuned to the rhythm of the ocean. Masterfully watching and waiting as the tide comes in and goes out, all the while, keeping a sharp eye out for that perfect wave. All at once, the surfer is up – moving effortlessly across the ocean, perfectly attuned with the water below them. You watch as this surfer repeats this process over and over again. Resting when needed, furiously paddling when needed, and gliding across the waves with enviable skill.

 In a similar vein, our spiritual lives can find resonance in the story of Jesus’ relationship and divine rhythm with the Father. Just as a skilled surfer harnesses the power of the waves, Jesus tapped into the divine currents of grace and peace with intention and precision.

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus rises and goes to a secluded place to pray. This is the example and pattern of Jesus. After an intense night of miraculous healings, He needs to recharge… So He gets away from it all and looks to connect with the Father. The “early morning” is usually a great time to do this, as others aren’t up and moving around yet. The hustle and bustle of the day has yet to begin. The quiet hours of the morning can set the tone for the day and provide an intimate space for connection with the Father. When and where do you most enjoy connecting with God?

The disciples, recognizing the absence of Jesus, search for Him. When they find Him, they express the pressing need for His presence. Jesus, in His communion with the Father, seeks divine guidance. Even in this, there is a vital lesson about the importance of seeking God’s guidance in our daily lives… It’s how we stay empowered and encouraged for the journey. It’s the divine rhythm that leads to divine connection which enables us to live into our divine purpose and calling.

As Jesus says in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

This is not just a theological concept but a practical and transformative reality we are invited to experience. It’s a rhythm of life we live, not just a knowledge we are to possess. The skilled surfer doesn’t just know how to spot the perfect wave, they get into the water, paddle out, and jump the waves as they come.

As we emulate Jesus’ intimate connection with the Father, we discover the source of His divine power, the importance of communion, and the joy of living with purpose. May our lives reflect Jesus, point people to Jesus, and bring glory to Him.

May we pray today, “Lord, teach us the power of your not-so-secret divine connection so that we can live out our calling and purpose just as you did.”

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