Have you ever taken a cruise? They are built with busyness in mind. Whether it’s the game rooms or the library; the water park or the banquet hall; every location is buzzing with activity. Even the passengers are resting, the staff of a luxury liner is making preparation.
Your soul is like a large ship with a myriad of busyness going on at any point in time.
Deep within you, the soul is the source of all your thoughts and emotions. Whatever the activity, whether positive or negative, it stems from this central hub.
- If I feel wounded by a hurtful word, the emotion began here.
- If I lash out at my co-worker, the thought started in my soul.
- If I am neglected or even intentionally attacked, my feelings flow with immediate expression.
“You hurt my feelings!”
“You made me mad!”
“It’s all your fault!”
Every action ever initiated begins first in this control center of my soul.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a soul that doesn’t waiver with what it hears or react foolishly to what it feels?
That’s the point of the gospel.
The God of peace has given you a new spirit and is now in the process of tempering your soul (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
The reason we seek first His Kingdom (Matthew 6:33) is so that the spiritual artery bringing health and completion to our soul has an unblocked pathway in which to do so.
When we daily ask, seek and knock, His thinking, feeling and acting flows from His Spirit to ours, until it spills over into our own thoughts and emotions (Luke 11:9,13).
This is where our control hub gets a new Captain.
“Jesus, Savior, pilot me
over life’s tempestuous sea;
unknown waves before me roll,
hiding rock and treacherous shoal.
Chart and compass come from thee;
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.” (Edward Hopper, 1816-1888)