A Taste of Relief


I don’t know why but I seem to always have a point in the semester when everything gets a little overwhelming. Between classes, work (two jobs), service, step team, side dance projects, and practicing for an upcoming production of rocky horror I am close to losing it.

It was about this time last year when I felt equally stressed. And I happened to go to church, which in my mind is always a good thing and the youth pastor was talking about the Rhythms of Grace and how God actually wants us to fall into a rhythm of trusting him and thus being in a way set free from the stresses of daily life.
After I heard that saying I looked up the scripture that its based off and it really helped me. It’s Matthew 11:28 and here’s the message version ” “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.”

It’s such a beautiful thought and last year when I discovered this scripture I wrote rhythms of grace on my arm for a week, it was so engrained in my skin that a few people thought I had gotten a tattoo. Hillsong United agree with me in how wonderful this thought is, so much so they wrote a song about it.


The point of this post is simple really.  Are you tired? Are you worn down? Is life just that little bit too overwhelming? Well take a moment and take a rest. For me that rest and relief comes in the realization that I can trust my God to have my best interests at heart and trust him to guide me towards the plans he has for me.

For you it might be something different, but either way take a moment and listen to the rhythm of the world. Listen to the breeze rustling through the trees. Listen to the distinct melody of your friends life. Look at the perfect joy captured in past photos. Feel the sun soaking through every pore in your skin. Take it all in and focus on that.

Focus on the life in the world not the distractions and pressures we make for ourselves. At the end of the day this world has a beautiful spirit, a spirit I believe to be created by my God, but when you notice that spirit and the way it ebbs through the seemingly unimportant moments of the day, that’s when you learn to fall into the rhythm and all of a sudden that mysterious thing called relief washes over you.

I hope that encouraged you. Until next time,

Be blessed, stay strong and never give up,

God Bless,

Grace Hatton

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