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  • Writer's pictureAshley Duren

Rhythms + Distractions

Rhythm: a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound


How often do I go through the rhythms of my own life?


Daily.


My husband jokes that I’ll be the one to get kidnapped because the rhythms of my life are so predictable. I get up at the same time every day, get dressed, do my quiet time, leave my house within the same 5-minute window, go to the same place, and come home at the same time, every single day. I love a routine and am pretty conscious about sticking with it.


If I don’t, my day gets thrown off track. The distractions of life are enough to derail me, and honestly, put me in a really bad mood. I forgot about a meeting first thing, or I’m late dropping my son off at daycare because he slept late, or my computer won’t start within the minute I need it to, so I’m late for my first class. And then for the rest of the day, it feels like I’m 5 minutes behind for everything else.


When we consider the days that Jesus walked through, He was stopped constantly by distractions. In Matthew 4, Jesus begins His ministry by calling His first disciples. Then in verse 23, it says “And He went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.”


Can you imagine the scene? It didn’t say “some”, it said EVERY. Jesus enters the scene, and all of a sudden, mass healings are taking place. People are being healed physically and emotionally. They are all getting what they need straight from the God-man, but as word started traveling about Him, imagine how hard it would have been for one man to literally touch every single life with an affliction.


(vs 24) “So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought Him ALL (emphasis mine) the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and He healed them.” What a simple 4 words. And He healed them. No questions asked. He didn’t want to know if they were worthy, because He knew they weren’t. He didn’t need them to spit out past sins or point out their need for forgiveness. He simply healed them.


And after He did all of this work, and blessed so many by His healing power, then he “went up on the mountain and sat down” (Matt 5:1). He is about to give some incredible insight

about whom He is and how good His Father God is. The Sermon on the Mount is the most impactful, famous sermon in all of history. He is about to explain who is blessed, what we’re called to do, the new law, how to bear fruit, and how to be called sons of God.


All authority, power, and honor go to the Lord Most High. Who not only called us out of darkness and into light, but also modeled for us the most gracious ways to use our days. Even when those interruptions come, I pray we’ll welcome them as opportunities to bring Him praise and glory and look for ways to minister to others that have come to “interrupt” our days.




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