By: Janna Adams
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul
The words to this well-known hymn often bring me comfort in the long-winded days when my mind is filled with countless to-do lists and my heart is fluttering with overbearing anxiety. Except, most of the time, it is not well with my soul. The majority of the time my soul does not feel well at all. It is aching, confused, often sitting very still and slumped in the crevice of my chest.
I’m not feeling hopeful, I’m not feeling creative, I’m not feeing worthy. I’m not really feeling anything.
The purpose of a soul is to bring us to life. Our brain thinks, our heart feels, and our soul lives. So what is there to do when your soul stops thriving and starts, apathetically, just being?
When we get too comfortable in life, our soul submerges into our day-to-day. We wake up to our busy schedules and rush through the motions–get through this work day to get to dinner, finish dinner to get home to have time to clean, clean so sleep can finally take the priority it deserves–and suddenly the soul has nudged its way into the stagnant part of our lives. We are going, going, going, but nothing inside us is moving.
It’s in these times that I find myself lacking creative inspiration. I ask myself why I feel so out of touch with my art, my passion, the ability God has given me to pick up thoughts and feelings and present them on a page. And I realize that my soul is buried somewhere, comfortable and complacent, weak because I haven’t been feeding it.
It is so important to keep our souls alive and thriving within us. We must dote on them, putting necessary effort into their existence and treating them with delicate attention. The next time you find yourself putting countless time and energy into a task, take a deep breath and think about where your soul is currently residing, and maybe take a moment to remind yourself where it should be.