This summer I have been walking my dog Snowball on a regular basis. Snowball is a very fluffy dog with short legs but she moves fast! So as soon as she hits the road – often she is walking me more than I am walking her. Just last night when I was walking her, a gentlemen commented on how my dog was pulling me up the hill. Lovely! Lol! Guess it’s noticeable to passers by – perhaps I need to get into better shape so I can keep up with my little dog! 🙂
It’s been a hot summer here in Ohio, so when we finish our 30 minute walks, she is always panting hard and very thirsty. Once Snowball laps up all her water in her bowl, she lays flat on the cool kitchen floor and rests, totally content.
This reminds me of the deer that David writes about in Psalm 42 – he says:
1 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
David says that just like a deer that is on the run and panting hard with a dry mouth – looking for a stream of water, David’s soul is panting for God.
His soul is panting for God!
Is your soul panting for God?
The soul is the part of us that lives forever. Like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, our souls were made to know and walk with God. Everything that happens externally of us is just temporary but our soul is what lasts eternally.
Your soul is the most important part of you.
How is your soul doing?
Last spring, I was on the phone with a close friend of mine, Karen Ehman, and we were talking about how busy this season of life is right now. Keeping up with my teenagers is not for the faint at heart! I’m experiencing the same problem I have when I am walking my dog – the kids are pulling me along and I am trying to keep up! Karen recommended to me a book titled Soul Keeping by John Ortberg . So I have spent time reading it this summer and really pondering the state of my soul.
In a rushed and hurried world, it sure is hard to keep my soul well but it is the key to living well!
We can have everything externally in order but if our soul is in chaos we will not be okay. BUT if everything in our soul is at rest – then there can be chaos swirling all around us externally but internally we will be okay.
And so David writes:
2 My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
David’s soul is thirsty for God. He is desperate for the living God.
3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.
And then David speaks to his own soul and says:
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
David asks his own soul –what is wrong with you? Why are you down and in turmoil?
Dear reader, are you down and in turmoil within?
Maybe you need to ask your soul – what is going on in there?
So many times we are tempted to try to fix our souls by doing external things like eating, shopping, scrolling on social media, talking to a friend, going on a vacation, getting a new hair color or lipstick color –but none of this helps our soul!
Our souls were made to find rest in God alone.
And the only way we will find rest in God alone is by creating slow moments daily – so we can meet with God and drink from his living water. Without it – we go through life panting – trying to find streams that will quench our thirst but we end up unsatisfied and at a dead end road every time.
And David knows this and so he says to his own soul: “Put your hope in God!”
All hope that we put in other things will fail. All of our irritability, anxiety and frustrations point to a need that is not being met. It’s a need in our soul – a need to hope in God and walk with God.
And this is not a one time thing. If you decided to do a cross country drive on one tank of gas – you’d run out of gas. Instead, you have to make a plan to stop regularly to refuel. Our lives are the same – we have to stop regularly to tend to our souls.
Look at what Jesus says to us in Matthew 11:28 & 29:
28 Come to me, all who weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest FOR YOUR SOULS.
It is our souls that Jesus cares about.
How Is the Most Important Part of You Doing?
Is your soul weary, burdened, down or in turmoil?
Put your hope in God alone.
God is your water source – he is what your soul is thirsty for. Don’t drink the garbage this world offers. It cannot quench your thirst and do not try to lean on the people in your life to care for your soul. That is simply too high of an expectation to place on other people. God wants you to turn to Him.
This is the highest form of self-care —> soul care.
Tend to your soul daily by meeting with God in His Word. Only you can open the Bible and drink from the living well for yourself. God loves you!
Did you see the Fall Bible Study announcement? If you missed it – you can find all of the details on this blog post here: Introducing the Good Morning Girls New Fall Bible Study. I really hope you will join us – I know it will be good for your soul. 😉