Rhythm is not only found in music, but in all of life. Medically, our bodies exhibit this quality in virtually every organ system of our body. For example, the daily light-dark cycle governs rhythmic changes in our behavior and physiology. Studies have found that these changes are regulated by a biological clock located in two brain areas called the suprachiasmatic nuclei. This rhythm, known as the circadian cycle, is vital to the health of our bodies, the stability of our emotions and the alertness of our minds.

Families have rhythms, too. Since moving back to the United States a couple months ago, our lives have been without the rhythms of daily routine. Daily routine can seem boring, but it provides the framework and stability for the rest of life. Without the daily/weekly routines of regular meals, family devotions, cleaning the house and balancing the checkbook, our lives quickly fly out of control. Without regular patterns of activity and rest, we live in a state of confusion.

Spiritually we need rhythms, as well. The disciplines of studying God's Word, praying and serving keep us connected to God through routine cultivation of that relationship. Gathering regularly with others within the Body of Christ provides an anchor in the midst of the turbulence of our lives. God established these rhythms of life from the beginning of creation. Genesis tells us,

"God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning. . . " (Genesis 1:31 NIV)

Even the circadian rhythms of our bodies were designed by God. If we ignore them — physically, socially or spiritually — we risk facing dire consequences.

Will you join me this week in reestablishing the rhythms that are so necessary in our lives for our physical, social and spiritual well-being?


Sharing the journey with you,

Bob Snyder