How is it with your soul

John Wesley started a church.

That’s a very condensed statement, so condensed as to be false.

He, with others, started a movement. They had smaller groups. In the groups, people cared enough to ask each other, “How is it with your soul?”

There is a tendency to lie as we answer that question, to not disclose what is really going on. We can talk about our busyness as if that needs must shape what is happening inside. We can talk about how everything is going well, as if that is what the person wants to hear. We can quickly turn the tables with, “Fine.! How’s yours?”

Or we might actually be honest.

“My soul is as vivid as a black and white photograph of stained glass.” – Ornate, created in detail, capable of incredible faith, but drained.

“My soul is feeling thin, stretched.”

“My soul is thirsty.”

“My soul knows it is loved.”

A doctor, a mechanic, a counselor, a coach…each depend on honest answers to be able to help. And with our arm, with our car, with our relationships, with our business plan, we often find it easy to acknowledge what is not working so that we can get feedback about what could work.

But somehow, with our soul, we’d rather not acknowledge the cracks. We might have to acknowledge the causes. And that could hurt. So we come to an agreement with everyone around us: “I won’t ask if you don’t ask.”

I understand very well. But still, I’m curious.

“How is it with your soul?”

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6 responses to “How is it with your soul

  1. Without being trite, I would say it is well with my soul. While I am often surrounded by chaos and difficulty, the Lord has granted many oases of peace and encouragement in my life. My heart still needs work; there are plenty of times when I sin and fail – daily. Thankfully I am forgiven and can pick back up and start over every time.

  2. not trite at all, since the lyrics of the song title you just quoted were
    written by a man who had great challenge and suffering.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Is_Well_With_My_Soul

    thanks.

  3. It is dry and most likely by my own doing.

  4. It’s so interesting that I came here from my newsreader to comment on the very song to which you linked in the comments, Jon.

    I used to sing in a women’s choir and this was one of the songs we performed often. I then sang the same arrangement as part of an a capella quartet. It remains one of my all time favourites.

    The truth that Horatio Spafford speaks of in this song, of being well and at peace in one’s soul in spite of the tremendous adversity we sometimes face, is something that I think more people need to consider as they continue on their journey through life.

    It’s true that no matter what, it’s possible to be at peace. It’s just a matter of making that choice.

    Thanks for sharing and helping to bring back a wonderful memory for me.

  5. Philip. I was writing to someone about this the other day and thought,
    “leather”. Leather dries out. It cracks. It gets inflexible. It need oil.
    When we work oil into leather, it is renewed, made flexible again. And it’s
    funny, the application of oil has a Biblical precedent.

  6. Sue. I put the link in this morning and turned to other email. The first one
    I opened had the lyrics to that song coming from one of the leaders at our
    church.

    I’m thinking that I may need to be listening.

    Sometimes the choice about peace is not the choice to be at peace. Sometimes
    it’s accepting the gift of peace.

    Thanks for helping me think.