008 Stepping Off The Hamster Wheel Into Unforced Rhythms of Grace

The David Lee Martin Show - Daily Encouragement For Christian Creatives

20-01-2021 • 23 mins

In my desire to get this message across I’ve spent the past few minutes trying to concoct a clever slant. Some greasy play on words or curiosity inducing enticement to continue reading.

I don’t have one.

The message will stand or fall on it’s own merits. It’s one that has significant implications.

I want to take a little time to talk Hamster wheels.

I was certainly in Hamster mode for many years. Spinning plates, scurrying between projects, hustling in life and hassling in prayer. Little surprise I burned out and came crashing back to the arms of the Father looking for a better way.

The thing is, when the wheel is spinning, life and time take on a life of their own. Jumping off takes courage, and may well leave you with a few bruises when you leap into the unknown, wondering who you are and why you are here.

“Martha, Martha” is the refrain many of us might hear if we took a moment to stop the madness, and incline our ear.

Martha was “cumbered with many things, distracted with much serving, anxious, and troubled” the Bible says.

All the while “only one (or but a few things) were necessary.” (Luke 10:41).

Only One or But A Few

One of the greatest questions you can ask the Lord is, “What is my one, or but a few, things?”

The thing is, the answer may mean laying down or cutting off some of the “many things” that currently keep you scurrying. That takes courage. The busyness sometimes becomes our identity. Our security is derived from the many things we occupy ourselves with.

There’s a fear that stopping will not only break the cycle and frantic momentum we have steamed up, but that it will break us.

Scripture speaks to this cultural disease in Matthew 11.

“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.” Matthew 11:29 MESSAGE

Walking In Pace With Grace

In my conversation with the Holy Ghost this morning we spoke about pace. Walking in pace with the prince of Peace.

I asked Him about His pace.

He is the pace maker. Hearing is His heartbeat.

The unforced rhythm you are looking for can be described best in the original picture of man and his Maker.

Two friends walking and talking together in the cool of the day.

“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…” Genesis 3:8

Walking, listening, talking.

It’s hard to hear on the hamster wheel.

Take courage and take the leap.

What of the many do you need to jettison, and what of the few do you need to focus on?

Let faith lead your forward as you embrace the pace, and believe in the good providence of God for your journey.