GodReflection: Is It Well With My Soul?
“You stir us to take pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” ― Augustine of Hippo, Confessions
In my culture I often hear a desirable home described as one with an open floor plan. The idea is a home where family time is not hindered by walls. The kitchen, and other spaces where we eat and congregate are open to family flow. The open concept is designed to promote warmth and interaction.
It seems to me the interface within family space is a good way to describe what takes place in my soul. Remember, my soul is me. It does not consist of separate rooms but rather is an open concept where body, heart and mind live as soul mates in the present of the Holy Spirit of Father and Son.
I am drawn back to the house of my childhood at 511 North Second Street. I didn’t know it at the time but the linear placement of kitchen, dining room and front room (known today as a living room) could be described well as open concept living.
In addition to family space, our little remodeled wood frame government barracks moved from a local airfield had three small bedrooms and two minimal bathrooms. Non-insulated walls and thin doors facilitated instant dialogue from any point within.
Anyone who has ever lived in family knows there are lots of rough edges that grind against siblings, parents and whoever else may be housed under the roof. The commonality among all who reside there is togetherness. We are housemates. The take and give of members is a refinement process for all who bump and collide within.
My Second Street house provides a symbolic image for my soul. Within my soul is housed strength, mind and heart.
Jesus taught that I am to Love the Lord your God with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind (Luke 10:27).
Body strength and health or the lack thereof is felt in my soul. My body affects my soul in ways I don’t completely understand. My mind is the conscious space in my soul. It is the processor for every thought. Then there is my heart.
How do I describe my heart? Could it be that my heart serves as the sanctuary of my soul? It is where good (God) dwells. As in all of life my sanctuary has a long way to go to become the perfect uncompromised home of the Holy.
Here is what I think. The soul mates of heart, mind and strength interact within my Holy framed soul barracks. When we live in Jesus His Spirit and the Father’s Spirit take up residence in our soul. Throughout the process of life our heart, mind and strength bump and collide within. As these soulmates mingle together the resident Holy works on the rough edges.
The end result will be a perfect soul that operates at full strength with a flawless mind and a heart fully dominated by the Holy. And to think I will be the recipient of all this perfection and enjoy it on the new earth in the presence of Father and Son in a relationship that will be beyond my current comprehension.
Sounds like my soulmates are in for an eternal treat when all the restlessness settles into rest within the embrace of the Holy. Seems as if all pain that comes from life’s refinement will be worthwhile. What do you think?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection: Soul Mates: Strength, Mind, Heart.