Let the Game Come to You - Finding Your Flow #1
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly -Matthew 11:28-30 The Message
Jesus promises us that if we cast our cares on him, he will give us rest. We can think about our relationship with him like riding in a boat down a river. Jesus wants us to surrender control and allow the boat to take our weight. But we often feel the need to take control of our lives, so we pick our boat out of the water and find ourselves limping along, carrying a weight that we were never meant to bear.
When we are resting in Jesus, we find ourselves in the unforced rhythms of grace. There is a flow that we can find or create on our own. There is rest in the place of trust. There is more rest in taking up Jesus’ yoke than lying around doing nothing.
“Rest” is approaching life out of a place of peace, confidence and assurance. When you are walking with Jesus, you don’t have to do it on your own. There is no striving, grinding or forcing. We’re not working for approval, we’re working from approval.
We’re not fighting for victory, we’re fighting from a place of victory. We’re not forcing our way through life but we’re discovering God has a perfect plan just for us.
1. Flow happens when you let the game come to you
Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. God wants us operating in this mode all of the time, but we often find ourselves striving when He’s saying, “Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
2. Flow understands seasons
Different seasons come and go. We have as much control in our lives as we do of the changing of the seasons. When we are operating in God’s grace, we are learning and growing through each season of life.
Seasons also allow for an element of preparation. It’s hard to show up strong for the game if you haven't trained before the game. We need seasons of preparation before we can face seasons of trial or conflict.
So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our first father in the faith, into this new way of looking at things? If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve him, he could certainly have taken credit for it. But the story we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own. -Romans 4:1
God is calling each of us to release control to Him, and to flow in the grace of what He has planned for us. Let the game come to you and trust the goodness of God!