P.Q.R.S.T

Every time your heart beats, there’s a specific, mathematical pattern that takes place.

P.Q.R.S.T

Five stages, that when orchestrated in that specific pattern, sustain life your life.  The blood pumps.  The P starts it all off in the upper right corner of your heart.  It travels south, almost as if gaining momentum for what is to come; the Q.R.S.  The Q.R.S stimulates the middle road headed south. The T wave is last.  A resting stage in anticipation of the pattern to happen again and again until the last breadth exhales.  The P last roughly 0.15 seconds, the Q.R.S is less than 0.10 seconds and the T is completely finished in 0.4 seconds.

Our heart completes this pattern over 100,000 times in a single day.  36,500,000 times a year.  A person who lives 85 years? 3,102,500,000 times.

Pattern is important.

It’s when this mathematical, electrical pattern is changed that chaos comes.  Anything from feeling chronically tired to dying within a few seconds of a pain in your chest.

Pattern is important.

2 Samuel 11:1 says, “ Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.”

David stayed.  Kings were to go.  David left the pattern.  We need patterns to be healthy.  We are designed to have them.  I think that’s why, after most vacations, we crave coming home, going back to work, school, soccer practice…the things we usually do.

Pattern is important.

2 Samuel goes on to say in verses 2 and 3, “Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. So David sent and inquired about the woman. David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her…”

David was supposed to be with his men.  If David followed the pattern given to him, he would not have been up that night, bored, walking on his roof.  He would have been with his army, focused on what everyone else was focused on: the ensuing battle.

Pattern is important.

But we can’t always be in our pattern, not 100% of the time.  We do vary, our heart does fudge some of its math from time to time, mostly unnoticed, yet sometimes it does have lethal consequences.

I wonder, if I were more aware of the amour that surrounds me when I’m within my pattern, would I be more aware of it’s absence when I’m not in my pattern?  More aware of my risk to deafening my ears to that roaring lion waiting to pounce?

I notice a difference in my thinking when I am out of my pattern.  It feels off.  Almost as if I am a bit lost.  Not crazy, but off.  I think that’s why I crave my patterns so much.  God gives us comfort in the familiar.  That’s why that old, stained, dusty couch you always laid on in your basement growing up brings such emotional warmth.  Not because it was nice, but because it was familiar.  He also gives stability and comfort when all patterns have dissipated.  When jobs are lost, marriages are thinned to a single strand.  When your kids walk farther and faster away, when illness strikes quick.

When I am awake to Christ and all that He is, I seem to do much better when my pattern is adjusted.  I feel less off, less lost.  I no longer feel like I have been removed from the stable home I have.  It’s just that the weather outside that’s gotten rough.  I’m still on that old, stained, dusty couch.

Mark 4:37-40 tells us that, “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown? He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They weren’t awake.  They were asleep to the proven truth that Jesus HAD THEM, regardless of what was going on.  They forgot the couch.  When I get in moods of doubt or fear that I will not have what I ”need”, I am simply asleep to truth.  I am not awake to that fact that He ALWAYS provides.

The goal isn’t to live each day as the previews was lived, keep the same job, or same home.

The pattern I need to always stay in is being awake to His providing, His life giving presence each second I am blessed with breathe.

Pattern is important.

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