Over the course of my life I have learned the lesson well – the “right” answer to the question, “How are you?” is one of two things: “Fine” or “Busy”. Those are the two answers people expect. And if I say “Fine” – then the reply is “Great! Glad to hear it!” and if the answer is “Busy” – then the conversation inevitably goes to the place where both people try to show the other how busy they each are. And there is commiserating about how busy life is and how busy drives the bus and how busy is just how we have to live.
But my soul knows something more.
My soul longs for real conversation and the chance to say – “You know, today I’m not really OK. Today, I’m sad, or frustrated or don’t know how to keep going.” My soul longs for a life that is more deeply connected to my God than to my calendar. And yet…I buy the answers I’ve been told are OK. And my soul…well, my soul is left longing. And I tell myself, I’ll get to my soul tomorrow. And tomorrow never comes.
My friends, we have been created with a longing for the One who holds our souls. We have been created not to run frantically around trying to serve the god “busy”…but to spend time breathing deeply of the One who breathed life into us.
And so I have an invitation for you.
This Lent (the season of the church year covering the 40 days before Easter, not counting Sundays) I invite you to try on the rhythms of grace and breathe deeply of the One our souls long for…breathe and experience for the first time or again the breath of life that feeds our souls and brings them home. Take these days to try a new rhythm of intentionally connecting your soul its Maker. Join us at FAITH on Sundays to hear how to anchor our souls in such a way that we can say, “My soul is well, no matter what.” Join us on Wednesdays to bask in the glory of Jesus’ love for us in word and music.
Saint Augustine, a man who lived about 1700 years ago knew well then what we long for today – that we were made for God. And our hearts, our souls will be restless until they rest in Him. So, come…breathe deeply, connect firmly and live dwelling in the One your soul longs for. And maybe, just maybe you’ll be able to say – “Come what may…it is well with my soul.” – Pastor Jane Jebsen