“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. (Isaiah 55:1-3)
In this moment I am SO thirsty. I’m not talking about the panicky, “got to get a drink or I’ll pass out” thirsty (although, I just filled up my glass for the third time because I’ve been running around all day not taking the time to take a drink) but rather the more subtle, whisper beckoning me to come, slow down and fill up my parched and weary soul.
I can be so aware of my need for water but ignore the signs of my thirsty soul. When I say a thirsty soul I mean the parts of ourselves that need attention, care and filling up. The parts of ourselves that are exhausted, weary and crying out that we have nothing left to give.
Dallas Willard put it well when he said, “Our soul is like the silent, invisible yet necessary Central Processing Unit (CPU) of our person. Our soul and thus our soul’s health, is the driving force behind everything that matters.”
In the next series of blog posts I am going to be exploring this topic of caring for our soul. Caring for your soul matters. It affects how you feel, how you relate to others and the amount of joy and satisfaction you are going to experience in all areas of your life. If we can become more aware of our soul’s cries, we can begin to give it more of what it needs. We can choose to experience the richest of fare by having a deeper connection with ourselves, God and in our relationships.
I would love to hear what feeds your soul.
Grace and Peace,