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Graceful Groove

I recently learned about a helpful new technology added to Macintosh computer’s GarageBand software. GarageBand is software that allows its users to digitally record and produce audio tracks. The users can record lectures, a single instrument, or a band of instruments. After recording, it can help the user clean up and balance the recordings. The 2011 version of GarageBand has a new tool called groove matching. This amazing technology brings the tracks of multiple instruments together seamlessly. Logically, multiple players can easily play out of rhythm individually and collectively. Groove matching creates a single rhythm, a collective groove.

GarageBand gets individual instrument tracks into a collective groove by relating all of the tracks to what it calls the groove track. The user selects a single instrument track to serve as the anchor or groove track. All the other instruments are attuned to the groove track’s rhythm. The individual tracks maintain their distinctiveness but they move into perfect rhythm with the groove track.

Daily life can surely knock us out of rhythm with our true selves and with others. Before we know it, our timing is way off. We become off balance, out of sync. It doesn’t take much to get us out of our groove. It can be something as little as a lack of sleep or as tragic as losing a loved one. It can be something as minor as constructive criticism or as major as a job loss. We can lose our groove for a few hours, few days, or even a few years.

We badly need groove matching in our lives! Thankfully, groove matching echoes the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our groove track. The Spirit gets his beat from the Father. Then, he invites us into God’s groove. Related to this groove movement, Paul encourages, “Since we have been given life by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s lead in every part of our lives” (Gal. 5:25). The imagery here is that of a soldier walking in step with his fellow soldiers, keeping rhythm. Rhythm, not religion, is meant to guide our life with God.

The Spirit keeps us in tune with God. The Apostle Paul writes that the Spirit of God is working in us both to desire and to do according his good pleasure. The Spirit moves us internally and externally altering our rhythm in order to match God’s. Groove matching is grace in action. If you feel like you’ve lost your grace-filled groove with God, getting back into the groove only takes a moment. Simply surrender. Stop, take a breath, and trust God to reset your rhythm. God longs to continue a deep groove with you that richly blesses you and greatly inspires others.

About the Author

Artie has been communicating God's grace in various contexts over the last fifteen years. His passion is similar to Bill and Anabel's in that he desires to communicate God's grace in a way that makes it easily applicable in everyday life.