Spiritual Rhythm: Being With Jesus Every Season Of Your Soul
By Mark Buchanan
“Abiding Is Not Balance”
“If we could fully embrace this life of in-ness, all would be well, and all manner of things would be well.”
The second part of the book is when Buchanan begins to talk about how to approach the seasons. He makes the claim that rhythm is never going to happen. What do you think of that idea? At first, I hated it. I love the pursuit of balance. It would be great to have a measured approach to every season. There are people I have met who seem like they have found this way of life and never get too high or too low. Yet, are we supposed to believe their soul does not have varying degrees of emotional reactions depending on what is going on in their life? No, that simply cannot be true. Their emotions might be under control, and their reactions tempered, but it is distinctly human to approach different seasons in varying ways.
I loved the story of Clarence and his wife. Buchanan described how sick he was in the end and was not able to do much of anything. He was once a blustery man, who did many activities in the Lord and for the Lord. However, the end of life left him a shell of his former self and unable to do any of those things. This is my worst nightmare. I love to be needed and I enjoy being useful. Nothing makes me happier than going to bed after a long hard day of successful work. My worry is when I am old or sick and cannot achieve much of anything. What do I do then? Clarence had the secret. Abiding in Jesus.
Buchanan makes the point that our goal is not rhythm because that is impossible. Instead, our goal is abiding. No matter the season of my soul I need to abide in Christ. My prayers will change depending on what is happening around me, but a prayer life must continually be developed. My worship songs will change from summer to winter, but I still need to worship. My energy for the Lord will be high during good seasons, and low during hard ones. Still, I must serve him. Perhaps in spring I serve Him by starting a new ministry, but in winter I serve Him by sitting for two hours meditating on the Psalms. Yes they are different activities, but all of them are abiding.
What about you? When you read about how important it is to have good soil, what do you think about? What needs to happen in order to abide in Christ? How about repentance? Is that something you need to do? We would love to hear your response.