Rhythms of Grace – Weekly Devotional


Hebrews 4:1-2, 12 TLV  “Let us fear then! Though a promise of entering His rest is left open, some of you would seem to have fallen short. For we also have had Good News proclaimed to us, just as they did. But the word they heard did not help them, because they were not unified with those who listened in faith. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword—piercing right through to a separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

As a kid we would go up against each other, underwater whilst swimming to see how long you could hold your breath, blowing bubbles was a way of measuring how long you could remain below the surface

Slowly the bubbles would escape as the pressure in your lungs built up.

I’m no expert in this but I do know that in diving, they teach you to hold your breathe in a way that your ears, your nose and lungs equalise the oxygen,  aka your breath. So that the deeper you go, you are then able to maintain the pressure.

Now I’m not a strong swimmer but I can hold my breathe for long under water but there is that point when you have held out longer than you thought you could that you scramble to the top gasping for air. Amazed that you could even hold on for so long.

Sometimes in life it can feel like your head is under water and you need to shoot to the top, but when you hold on to Jesus, He brings you to the top safely.

Equalising is a concept I a-likened my faith to.

When It feels like your under the kosh and you find your head under water, hold on. Focus your mind on the outcome and calm your thoughts. Then speak Gods word, tell your body to stop struggling or resisting and feel the current of Gods power sustain you until you are ready to surface.

It’s as simple as holding your breathe, blowing out the bubbles while you count or in this case pray, pray and rest, until you pop up on top.