"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life."
~ Psalm 23:6
Sometimes I realize why Jesus had to go off by himself to pray. Our spirits need time alone, otherwise they can become quite restless.
When I talk to couples who are thinking about marriage, I always talk of people as mind, body and soul. Over the years I have learned that each of these areas are important to each of us.
Our bodies over time age, and change. Our minds and intellect desire not just enrichment, but recognition. Our souls desire someone to remind us that we are loved, even in times when we struggle to love ourselves.
In discussing these things I realize that if a couple has a strong connection in at least two of these three areas, I feel that they have a chance. Especially when the connection involves a strong spiritual connection.
Our spirits are the part of us that continues throughout eternity. It is the part of us that reminds us that we belong to something more than this body, and is the force that prompts us to respond when we need to forgive, or to reach out to one another.
Having a restless spirit happens to all of us at some point. The overwhelming need for God to step into daily situations, can drive us to feel the need to step away or to disconnect, so that we can get ourselves back on track.
Having others in our life who can recognize our need for peace can be a real blessing. Having the ability to provide that space for others can truly be gift.
When I find that my soul becomes so restless that it begins to interrupt my rest, my relationships, and simply my life, I try to remember that God is still present. Most importantly, I try to remember that God is trying to catch up to me, and that perhaps I simply need to stop and let God catch up.
While I realize that God is never absent, our ability to allow goodness and mercy to exist daily, means that finding time to allow these to be present, will also mean allowing my spirit to rest. It's when our soul seems to be at rest, both our minds and bodies seem to also discover harmony, making life a whole lot better.
It's when our spirit finds rest that we realize the words of David, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.