“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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.” Matthew 11:28-29
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God.” Psalm 62:5
It’s been well over a decade since passages like these pushed beneath the surface of my life to reveal that my soul was anything but “at rest”. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I was a 35 year old, licensed, ordained minister and yet I was filled with fear, anxiety and discouragement. I was supposed to be leading people closer to the life Jesus offered and yet I couldn’t quite get to it myself.
This began a decade plus now journey toward healing from a lot of past brokenness, which I won’t rehash at this point, but let’s just say I had a lot of false beliefs to battle and overcome.
Through the faithfulness of my Heavenly Father and His Spirit along with the able guidance of mentors and my counselor/spiritual director, I was able to heal and discover what Jesus and the authors of scripture truly meant when they talked about a soul at rest.
The reason I bring this up as a part of this series is because last year’s loneliness proved to me that this life guided by the Spirit really does work! This past year, in the midst of great loneliness my soul at rest never wavered. In fact, it sustained me in powerful ways. No more running back to sins that easily beset, no more blaming God and others, no more living with deep anxiety in my gut that just won’t go away. Just a struggle to hold on to God in news ways as He held on to the deepest parts of who I am.
I am deeply grateful today to tell you that this spiritual journey we are on can and will lead us to a place where our soul is completely at rest, even in the midst of great struggle and loneliness. But, how do we get there?
Here’s some thoughts:
Make a Commitment To Never Stop Growing – Read books, write in your journal, listen to good podcasts, etc. When you simply take good steps each day to get better, God uses those to grow and mature you.
Get Some Help – You cannot grow to the deepest places alone and if you have any really difficult parts of your past, you need help. Find a good counselor, spiritual director or mentor who is ahead of you on the journey and can help guide well through your biggest life questions.
Take a Deeper Dive With The Spirit – Dig into contemplative practices like silence, solitude, meditation and learning to be really present to each moment. Learn to engage the deeper biblical practices in your life and you’ll be surprised how much God uses them to deepen your relationship with Him!