Rhythm is such an important part of our lives. Almost everyone’s lives eventually fall into some kind of rhythm. We generally wake up at a certain time, eat lunch and dinner at a certain time, and have some sort of routine we do before bed. Even week to week our lives generally have rhythm. We work five days (most of us) and then have Saturday and Sunday off and back to work Monday. For children, this is even more ingrained with their daily school schedules.
On the outside, this constant predictable rhythm can seem mundane and banal. However, I believe that it is also comforting and reassuring to have that rhythm. I think that living our lives in a rhythm is very important. It’s one of the reasons that working night shift or working a changing work schedule is so difficult. Our minds and bodies never get set into the kind of relaxing rhythm we need.
That’s kind of the problem with summer. Don’t get me wrong. Summer is my favorite time of year. I love the heat, the sunshine, the long days, everything. However, summer also has a way of throwing us off our rhythm. For many people, summer is a time of constant movement.
Life picks up speed in the summer and the rhythm of life that we found over the last 8 months is completely thrown off. There are always things to do and places to go. There are family reunions, weddings, vacations (that always seem to be more tiring that relaxing), and graduation parties. There is grass to mow, hedges to trim, and flowerbeds to keep. The kids are playing three sports at the same time while also doing the summer reading program at the library and taking swim lessons. Friends come to visit. We stay up late for fireworks. Our rhythm is completely thrown off in the constant busyness.
Fall is a time to slow down. The work and busyness of summer is over. Life goes back to a steady rhythm. Although this can seem monotonous, it can also be peaceful. Our lives need rhythm and consistency. Within that rhythm and consistency, we can plan for more meaningful time spent with God. We know exactly when we need to wake up and can plan on doing that a little bit earlier to center our day on God before we start. We know when we need to go to sleep so we can pause to reflect on the day a little bit before that and refocus on God. This rhythm, rest, and consistency enables us to better center our lives and perspective on our relationship with our God. Connection with God in the fall continues with focusing on rhythm and rest.
With that refocus on God, I find that a lot of the depression, anxiety, and all around malaise of life kind of disappears. Refocusing on something and someone bigger than myself reminds me that my problems are not as big as they seem and that there is always someone caring about me. I can find this through finding God in the fall.
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