He Restores My Soul
Have you ever been in a season that had your mind mired in busy thinking? I think most of us, if being honest, would answer yes to this question. In fact, I think most people become far too comfortable with an overload of perpetual busyness in their minds. So, how do we get off this treadmill of a busy mind?
Recently, I found myself in that busy mindset. After visiting with a friend, I decided to fast television for 21 days. To be completely honest, I was expecting to fight boredom and restlessness over the next 21 days; however, to my delight I experienced something very different.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters, and He restores my soul. Psalm 23:1-2
When I picture a shepherd leading his flock to green pastures and making the sheep lie down, it is a very peaceful image. That’s exactly what Father God was doing for me. He was leading me to a place that would cause me to leave behind the common and comfortable place where I had been living for something much better. He desired to restore my soul!
When you work with people and their problems every day, you tend to want to come home and vegetate in front of the “tube.” My intent was to try to leave all the issues that I had faced throughout the day for a few hours and focus on something that was, well…mind numbing. What I discovered after doing this for years was that it never really recharged my soul. It did offer a place of distraction from my thoughts but never rest. I rarely allowed myself to lie down beside quiet waters that offered a true charge to my soul.
For the next 21 days, I was amazed how engaged I was with God, His creation and His voice. Nothing was robbing me from my time of just sitting with Him. Nothing was stealing the joy of resting on my back porch and enjoying the creation of that day. He spoke to me because I had allowed Him to lead me to a place of rest.
I think most people leave for vacations in hope of something that will trickle charge their batteries to a full charge. Instead, most people share that they need a vacation from their vacation to rest. Time is a precious thing. What occurred to me was I had wasted so much time on TV, entertainment, and social media. Don’t get me wrong. All of these are great tools and fun, but when they become the norm, our souls never really restore or recharge to the place we desire.
Today, I would like to offer a suggestion to you. Take the next 7 days and fast from television. Use the time that has been offered for the mind numbing medication of media and invest it to connect with God. Take a walk with the Lord and just share your heart. Sit on your back porch and just be quiet, while you observe all that God has created. We are missing out on so many beautiful sunsets because we, like our children, are addicted to busyness and technology.
If you decide to actually allow the Lord to lead you to these quiet waters, He promises to restore your soul. ANYONE need to have their souls restored?
Today’s thought: Could it be possible that this fast could be the very breakthrough you have been asking God to give you? I believe that He is actually been waiting on us to come away from the comfortable, so that we can actually be comforted by the Holy Spirit.
Today’s Scriptures: Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait on the Lord. Psalm 27: 14
The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace. Psalm 29:11