I try to quiet my mind by running. The louder the world is shouting at me, trying to press itself upon me, the further I run, hoping that I will exhaust my worries. I know it is only a temporary and frequently insufficient salve, but, since I enjoy it so much, I still find myself attempting to use running as a therapist, and what a great listener she is.
I know that I find other things to distract me from worries as well, a new pair of boots, a day at the beach, a hot fudge sunday with banana, a good book, internet wandering, studying, writing, singing, people, etc. I could go on and on but when it comes down to it, not one of these things is enough. One thing may soothe one part of me, running may relax my body, but my brain will still be tumultuous, tossing back and forth on a sea of worry.
So how can I find complete peace? How can I be comforted down beneath the layers, to the depths that are my soul?
The songwriter of Psalm 94 says this:
"When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul."-Psalm 94:19 (English Standard Version)
"In the multitude of my [anxious] thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!"-(Amplified Bible Version)
It is only through the comfort of a Savior that my soul may be delighted. It is only through His consolations that I will be cheered. So I can run and run and run but my soul needs the comfort of Christ. His comfort, that is tailor fit for me, not a generic string of words that are thrown out like a blanket over multiple people, hoping they mean something to a couple of them. His consolation, that of someone who knows me and what I need better than I know myself. Him, the Former and Shaper and Creator of the very soul He is transforming from anxiety into delight.
How do we receive this consolation/comfort/delight? How do our souls find this peace if it is available to us?
When He says "I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)," we know that although it is dark and quiet, we are not alone.
When He says "I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) (John 10:10)," that though life may seem empty and and lackluster, there is abundance promised and to be found by following after Him instead of our own unfulfilling desires.
When He says "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5)," that although our eyes are filled and re-filled with grief born tears and our hearts can take no more crushing, there is the hope of joy coming, with the first rays of the dawn.
The bible is lined with promise after promise waiting for our eyes and hearts to read and listen. Waiting till we pull out our shovel and rake, stretch our gloves over our fingers and busy ourselves with planting His words and these promises within our hearts so that "When the cares of [our] heart are many, [His] consolations cheer [our] soul[s]."