Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
Psalm 62:5 NIV
During Lent, at St. Andrew’s, we’ve been in a conversation about our souls. Today, Geoff reminded us in the sermon that our souls are restless. That the world outside tends to distract and frighten us. That we long for a peace we seem unable to find. That the peace we long for is available to us if we would take the time to be still before th source of our peace: God – Father, Spirit, Jesus.
It was one of those sermons that stays with you. You find yourself turning some of the ideas over in your mind as you go about the rest of your day.
I am glad that it stayed with me because I have had the kind of week in which it was difficult to be still. While I cannot claim any horrible tragedies or any excessive stress during the week, there were several things that happened that caused disquietude in my soul. For the most part these were small things – a hectic schedule, an abundance of red tape during a seemingly simple process, too many change-of-plan situations.
Each one on their own, no more than an annoyance – something I am capable of handling. All of them together, though, becoming a compounding weight, a growing storm, a rising tide of unrest in my soul.
Today, I needed to be reminded to take time to be still before God. To seek my peace in the Prince of Peace. To find my rest in God.
I found myself thinking that if this was a message I needed to hear today, then perhaps it was a message you also needed to hear.
During Lent, may all our souls be still. May we trust that the Lord is on our side. May we leave it to God to order and provide. May we be good keepers of our souls.