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HARMONIC BALANCER

By Judy Zweigle

Many will know immediately what a harmonic balancer is. I didn’t even know such a thing existed until it came off our car while it was being driven down the street. A few noises, a few bumps, and this piece of round metal was seen through the rear view window, bouncing back down the street.

We had been experiencing a number of problems with our car. The alternator appeared to be going out. It was replaced twice and still didn’t operate properly. The power steering pump was not working well and looked like it would also need to be replaced. There were noises that couldn’t be accounted for. And it seemed that other systems in the car just weren’t working to a capacity that allowed the car to perform more than adequately.

Now is a good time for you to ask . . . “Why are we talking about car parts here?” “What does this have to do with me?” I’m glad you asked.

Not ever having heard of this car part before, the name “harmonic balancer” began to play in my mind. Was there something the Lord wanted me to understand? So I looked it up and found there are many names for the same part: crank pulley damper, crankshaft damper, vibration damper, just to name a few. This still didn’t speak to me.  So I read further and I’ll quote this description directly:

“Every time the cylinders fire, torque is imparted to the crankshaft. The crankshaft deflects under this torque, which sets up vibrations when the torque is released. At certain engine speeds the torques imparted by the cylinders are in synch with the vibrations in the crankshaft, which results in a phenomenon called resonance. This resonance causes stress beyond what the crankshaft can withstand, resulting in crankshaft failure.

“To prevent this vibration, a harmonic balancer is attached to the front part of the crankshaft. The damper is composed of two elements: a mass and an energy dissipating element. The mass resists the acceleration of the vibration and the energy dissipating (rubber/clutch/fluid) element absorbs the vibrations.” (Bold and underline by the author) Source: Wikipedia

Now even to those of us who may still have a problem with understanding this description, I’m sure we can see that there is a potential spiritual application.

When God designed mankind, He imparted certain attributes in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual realm to each of us. Many times we may exceed the boundaries that He has established for our lives. Many times we push the limits of our physical, emotional or other abilities. Many times we think that because of what we have been able to do in the past we are still able to perform on the same levels now – at work, in our family, in serving others. And even many more things, circumstances that are beyond our control penetrate our lives causing challenges that are difficult to overcome. However, our Designer, our Maker is the only One who knows not only our capabilities, but our limitations. He and His Word are our harmonic balancer.

He has provided for such “vibrations” from the stresses of life to be deflected through reading and being built up through His Scriptures. He has provided a way for the “imbalances” to be dissipated through the means of prayer, praise and worship that includes Messianic dance. And He has provided yet another way for us to maintain – a weekly time, set apart by Him, for us to be preserved from burn-out.

Taking this back to the beginning, God established the seventh day of rest, the Shabbat. He established it by example in Genesis 2:2-3:

“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”

He reminds us in Exodus 20:8, a verse we are all familiar with:

“Remember the Shabbat, to keep it holy.”

There are many other verses about the Shabbat and what it means, but this one says it well:

“Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Shabbat of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Shabbat of the LORD in all your dwellings.” (Leviticus 23:3)

So, from my short travel into the world of auto mechanics, the Lord, our “harmonic balancer,” directed me to one of His primary provisions for us as His people … a day to rest, a day to spend with Him, with family and friends, a day to recharge and gain direction for His purpose in our lives and a day to allow the imbalances of our lives to be restored to normal.

Shabbat Shalom!!