it’s my own personal conviction that god isn’t interested in small talk. he is in the soul business and if you look at the activities of the soul, you soon see that the soul is a raging tempest inside our mortal frames.
this is where god is seeking to talk to us – at the soul level – and it seems we’re not quite in control of our own soul.
when i turn through the thin pages in my bible, i find people trying to reason with their souls, trying to convince them:
“why are you downcast, o my soul?”
“be at rest, my soul!”
“awake, my soul!”
or there are the relief filled moments of peace where the soul is calm:
“i have stilled and quieted my soul, like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
the old testament is full of images of the soul longing, bitterness of soul, the soul thirsting for god and of the soul’s anguish.
we are part soul.
This is what the LORD says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
why? why wouldn’t we? why don’t i? why do i see the good way and not walk in it?
i think it is because i don’t know how to.
with the exact turn of phrase, jesus told the same secret. he told us how to find it:
“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.’
without him, we are the shown the way and are unable to walk in it. with him, we are able only if we walk it with him. rest for this restless soul comes when i learn from him how.
our easter celebration is over. he has proved his place among mankind. am i able to stop focusing on the death and resurrection long enough to pay attention to how he lived and take his yoke upon myself to learn from this one who is so unique among men? the justification of sin isn’t the whole of the message.
do i really believe that i can learn to live like he did, like he does? that his blood shed was one of many invaluable things he did and said?
that it isn’t just about his blood.
that it is about him.
living with him, learning to be like him.