Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Recently, while on vacation, God really brought home to me the importance of restoring my soul. I would get up early in the morning, get my coffee and sit on the deck to watch the sunrise. Everything was so still. Nearly the only sound was the crashing of the Gulf waves. The sky was colorless in the predawn light.
Here is a moment that illustrates the importance of reading God's Word and getting in down "in" you. When you do, God will speak to you through scripture. In that time of stillness, with no distractions, God brought this passage to my mind:
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul... This is what He showed me:
It is absolutely vital that we find ways to "restore my soul"! We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
The walls of your temple are your physical body, but the outer courts are your soul--your mind and emotions. It is in your soul that the attacks come and the battles are fought. Your soul becomes worn, damaged, cracked, battle scarred and weakened. If you do not tend to your soul--the outer court of your temple--you put your eternal spirit in jeopardy.
What do we need to repair and restore our soul? Look again at Psalm 23:
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. We need times of REST. We need times of PEACE. We need to 'take in' the beauty of His creation. We take things in through our senses. We need to see, touch, smell, hear and maybe even taste the beauty of His creation!
No! You are not so superhuman that you don't need to restore your soul. No! You are not so important that you cannot stop to rest and restore your soul.
Those mornings watching the sun rise over the Gulf, for the first time, I actually felt my soul being restored. It was a wonderful feeling that still brings tears to my eyes. The sun rose up as if it had been wound up and let loose on the horizon. Then, and only then, did nature come alive. The birds came out of nowhere in flocks, chattering and flying about. The herons and seagulls dived in the Gulf for breakfast. The world came alive and my soul was refreshed.
What restores your soul? What brings you peace? For me, it is watching and listening to the waves; it is watching the sunrise and hearing God's Word in my mind. God speaks in the stillness. God speaks when we cut out all the noise and chatter of the world.
It isn't an option. It is a necessity. Restore your soul. Restore your temple. Protect your spirit.
Jeremiah 1:4-5 Psalm 23:2-3a I Corinthians 6:19-20