In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Gen. 1:1
There’s a cadence for almost everything that we do. The word cadence means the rhythmic like flow or sequence of sounds or words. In music it’s a musical chord sequence moving to a harmonic close or point of rest and giving the sense of harmonic completion. As the sequence of keys are played, it gives the listener a sense of completion.
There is rest in your cadence. Rest is the freedom from activities but it is also a rhythmic silence in music. God does not always want you to work, by his intelligent design of our human body it’s clear that he expect us to rest. He said, six days, we should labor and do all our work but on the seventh day we must rest. Rest is very important to God, throughout the scriptures he often speaks of rest, enter into the rest of the Lord, the Lord gives us rest from our enemies. Rest is so important to God m, the almighty creator, maker of heaven and earth that He rested on seventh day. It doesn’t matter how much you have to do or what your timeline is you need to rest.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. (Gen. 2:2)
Rest in music helps to process what we have heard while preparing us to listen to the upcoming notes. It’s like taking a breath before continuing to speak. If the musical chords needs rest, how much more does a living, breathing, talking, walking instrument needs rest. Rest recharges our physical bodies, rejuvenates our souls and prepare our hearts to hear from the Lord. It’s in those quiet, stillness of our souls that we are more likely to experience God’s presence and enter into his rest.
There’s balance in your cadence it’s important for you to know when to do what. Don’t be so concerned about doing so much for the Lord that you miss out on spending time in his presence. The Lord is more interested in your heart than he’s interested in your hands. It was never about what you can do for God but what God can do through you. Many of us are working for the Lord but not with the Lord. We need to find our cadence and allow ourselves to be deeply drawn into fellowship with God.
Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. Exodus 33:15
Moses prayed that the Lord would not take him up from where he was if God’s presence did not go with him. This was not an easy prayer to pray because Moses basically was asking God to leave them in the desert. We sometimes want to run ahead and get things done and move to the next level but how many of us are willing to say, ‘Lord leave me right where I am until I’m able to walk in your presence?’ It’s all about getting back to our posture in Christ, getting back into our position in Christ in heavenly places. We need the presence of God more than we need to be successful. I’ll even venture as far as to say that we are not successful unless we are in the presence of God.
There are certain elements that we must know if we are to operate in our cadence. The musicians can create beautiful music when they know where each key is located on the keyboard and they know in what order to tap those keys. Sometimes the cadence of our lives can be as easy doh, Ray, me, fah, so lah, ti, doh but other times the cadence will become more difficult and requires preparation and practice. We need to know which keys to hit in the midnight hour when sickness or death comes knocking at our doors. We need to know what to do when trials and tribulations comes. The keys of faith, prayer, fasting, activating the word, standing on His promises, putting on the whole armor of God and claiming our healing and deliverance. We need to know the keys as in the weapons (keys) of our warfare. We need to know the timing so that we do not move ahead of God or missed our moments.
Build yourself an ark of cypress. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens. (Genesis 6) paraphrased.
There’s preparation in your cadence. Preparation is the process of getting ready for use. It’s making sure that things go smoothly once the event starts. It is make certain you know where to find those keys to create the sounds that your audience wants to hear. Preparation gives you the ability to put into practice the things that you have learned. Preparation can be daunting but it’s necessary to sustain a proper cadence. Preparation can seem like a waste of time, and sometimes does not make sense. God told Noah to build an ark in preparation for a flood that was coming. Noah and the people of his time had never seen a flood before, so to build this ark and prepare for flood did not make any sense until the flood came. Sometimes God will give you something to do that does not make sense but if you keep working at it God will reveal his great big plans at the right and you will be able flow in the next move of God.
There’s practice in your cadence. Practice is defined as doing something over and over. For some of us our practice may look like we are going around the same mountain for 40 years. It may feel frustrating and we may even ask ourselves why am I going through this does it really matter? What am I practicing for? Practice helps you to perfect your craft. In sports, the athletes go through weeks and months of practice before the big game. They practice when there’s a game coming up, they practice when there’s no game, they are always practicing and conditioning themselves to be ready for the big day. When you see an athlete playing on the field it may seem effortless, but what you don’t see is the years of practice that went on behind the scene. If you want to be good at what you do you need to practice. Find your cadence, prepare yourself practice, your cadence.
There is passion in your cadence, you will not truly put your heart into something that you are not passionate about. Your passion gives you the grace for preparation and practice. It’s difficult to keep working at something day after day without seeing immediate results but if you are passionate about it you will keep working at it. Your passion keeps you committed to your cadence when your preparation and practice becomes painful. It was the passion of Jesus that led him to the cross and kept him nailed to the cross. Jesus’s Cadence came to a grand crescendo when he cried “it is finish”. His passionate love for us gave him the ability to stick with it.
What is your passion? Are you willing to stick with it even when it hurts? Ask the Lord to help you find your cadence and begin to live and operate in it. Remember your cadence is different from your purpose. Your purpose is what you need to do but your cadence is the rhythm or sequence that you will use to get it done. For example you know that you must write a book but there are many ways to write, you need to determine, what you are going to write, how, by hand or typing, dictation etc. when, what time of day, how many hours per day. In the process of writing your book you will find that you need to be rested, be prepared, practice, create balance, especially if you are raising a family and you must be passionate about your topic. This goes for anything you do, there is a cadence for everything.
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