“A healthy soul is paramount to a healthy life.”
The week after we held a garage sale, my daughter kept asking if I was okay. I replied, “I’m just tired.” Then I happened to read a quote on Facebook which said something like, No amount of sleep can cure a weary soul. The lightbulb went on in my mind. I was physically tired, as a result of something not being right with my soul. I knew I needed to go outside on the deck and spend some time with the Holy Spirit, my counselor.
I began by asking Him what was wrong within me? He revealed where I had been offended and my need to process my heart. He showed me how I had been hurt, how to grieve my pain, and how to forgive the offender. And then He explained why I was so physically tired.
My physical weariness was a form of protection. When my heart is hurt, I shut down, distancing myself emotionally. It’s as if I pull up the draw bridge of my heart to guard it from being hurt again. The problem with that solution is I’m the one in control, not God. It also prevents right relationships from forming.
After I spent time alone with God, took assessment of my soul, and released the offense and offender through forgiveness, my energy and relationships were restored.
Our soul is the inside of us, the real us, our mind, will, and emotions. It’s not what you see on the outside, but our soul does affect the external. Whatever is inside of us, eventually exhibits itself on the outside. And that’s why it’s imperative to take care of our soul.
The apostle John, in III John 2 exhorts us to have our souls get along well. David writes in Psalm 62:5: “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.” The psalmist knew God was the place to find rest for his soul.
The next time you find yourself physically weary, in spite of plenty of sleep, take an assessment of your soul. Ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of what needs to be done so your soul is healthy once again, paving the way to wholeness with God and others. Then you’ll be able to say, “It is well with my soul.”
“Your soul is healthiest when it comes back frequently and wholeheartedly to God.”
How do you take care of your soul? Please make that a priority in your life.