Does your world whirl around you in dizzying array? Does your life feel so fast that you, like me, rarely have time to stop, let alone rest?
I feel ya. 🙂 And if I'm talking to you today, I have four simple keys for you that will help you find rest for your soul.
Here's the issue that impacts us all:
When life gets overwhelming, we need rest not only for our bodies, but also for our souls.
Why does finding rest for your soul matter?
In order to answer that question, we first have to define what I mean when I speak about the soul. Your soul consists of:
- Your mind;
- Your will; and
- Your emotions.
Your mind, will, and emotions are all crucial parts of you. You can’t be who you are without them, and you can’t be healthy unless your mind, will, and emotions are healthy.
God wants your soul to be healthy.
That’s why the apostle John wrote, in 3 John 1:2:
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
The prosperity of your soul is linked to the prosperity of your body.
However, it's easy to forget about taking care of our souls.
We spend a lot of time and money in the modern world working towards achieving healthy bodies, and we should. If we don’t have health, we really can’t live the way Papa desires us to live—happy and prosperous.
However, it seems like we spend very little time or money working toward having a healthy soul. That’s not the same as to say that we don’t spend time having fun. We have plenty of fun. But how much of what we call fun truly contributes to the health of our mind, will, and emotions? For example:
- Does shopping make us healthy in our soul—even though we often spend too much money, blow the budget, and regret it later?
- Does drinking our sorrows away really give us a prosperous soul?
- Does eating so much Ben & Jerry’s that we gain 5 pounds give us a prosperous soul—or does it merely comfort our sorrows for a moment?
Related: Read about how I was lifting up my soul to idols here, in Have You Lifted Up Your Soul To Idols? I Have!
I’d like to put forth the proposal that our souls need something other than what the modern, busy world can provide. In my opinion, true soul care requires things that only God can provide, even though they aren’t all super-spiritual sounding.
Recommended resource: I've been reading a book about soul rest called “Soul Spa.” This book is fabulous and talks about 40 days and creative ways to find rest. Reading it brought tears to my eyes, it is so powerful. Check out Soul Spa here on Amazon! (Affiliate link)
And without further ado…
Here are 4 simple keys to finding rest for your soul:
Our souls need to experience quiet sometimes. We need to draw apart to a peaceful, quiet setting—whether that be a beach, a mountain, or a creek.
Being in a quiet place allows peace to seep into our pores without any effort on our part. Quietness allows us to rest, to be free from outside stimulus, to be immune to the busyness that usually drives our lives.
We need to find quiet places to which we can retreat. In quiet places, where there is little to no awareness of time and noise, our souls find peace.
Mankind was formed from the dust of the earth. God Himself took clay from the ground and sculpted the first man, then breathed life into him. When that happened, what used to be earth got up and started walking around, and man became a living soul.
We are far more than dirt. We are far more than clay sculptures. God has adopted us and made us His beloved sons and daughters. We were divinely imagined, divinely created, divinely formed and divinely called.
Nevertheless, to this day, there is something in man that needs the earth. We are bonded to the earth. From dust we came, and to dust we shall return.
Because of our unique connection to the earth, we humans can find rest in nature that no other place can provide. Therefore, we need to return to nature more. Even if that nature is a city park, we need to find a place where we can walk on the dirt, hike through the forest, lie down on the grass, or sit by a creek.
Nature is God’s original book; His original declaration of Himself to man. Romans 1:20 says:
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse….”
When we return to nature, we find rest.
I believe the Catholic orders of monks and nuns that embrace solitude have discovered something special that many evangelical Christians have never discovered.
Too often, we try to hide our hurts behind busying ourselves with other people. We either don’t want to face God, or we hurt so badly that we are afraid of His work in our hearts. Therefore, we hide behind the supposed need to serve, care for, or just be around other people.
When we refuse to embrace solitude even occasionally, we run from God. There is much healing to be found in getting alone with God. Even a quiet morning walk, a midnight prayer time, or an afternoon alone at the park can bring much healing.
Without other people around to distract, we are laid bare before our Maker—and He has both the time and the space to work in our hearts. He can heal, save, and deliver us from any sort of trouble, anxiety, or enemy—but He often needs time alone with us to get us into the proper position to receive His help.
4. Long, soaking times in the Word and prayer.
Whenever I am concerned or upset about something, if I go to the Lord for an extended time of prayer and Bible study, inevitably He gives me peace and inner healing. Even if I have to read a chapter or two before anything starts sinking in, I have learned to keep pressing. Eventually, a moment will come and the Holy Spirit breaks through the turmoil of my heart. When that happens, He fills me with revelation, conviction, understanding, love, joy, and peace. There is such healing power in the Word.
Nothing else can take the place of the Word of God and prayer. Our souls need His Word more than we realize.
If your mind, will, and emotions are distraught about anything, a long, peaceful time of soaking in the Word and prayer will do more good than perhaps any other thing.
Our souls—consisting of our mind, will, and emotions—are important. Our entire reality is determined by what we fill our soul with.
If our soul with worry, stress, anxiety, fear, etc, our lives will never be prosperous inside or outside. However, if we teach our soul to find rest in God through nature, quiet, solitude, the Word, and prayer, we can experience true prosperity of the heart and in our external situations.
What do you need to do today to find rest for your soul?
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