“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” ~
I love that quote. It is so eloquent. The resource I consulted said that the above quote was by C.S. Lewis. A few readers have informed me that that is not the case. So I removed his name from the quote.
We can get accustomed in life to looking at it the other way around. It is easy to think of yourself, your essence, as your physical being that also happens to have a soul. It is as though our soul is a last-minute add-on accessory or option. But our soul is not like rust protection added on at the dealership! Oh, no not at all. Instead, we are souls that subsequently had bodies that formed around those souls, day by day, week by week, month by month.
Our souls existed before our bodies were fully formed in the womb. Boom, at conception our soul was there. The rest is mere packaging. Useful packaging, but packaging. Our souls have a desire to reunite with the Lord of Life. That is why I love the beautiful simplicity of that quote. My mind, you see can suffer from tunnel vision. I can be so limited by what I see, touch, experience, and know. I am not saying my faith in God suffers from tunnel vision. No, that isn’t what I am saying. I am saying that the way I see myself suffers from a limitation. I cannot completely see myself the way God sees me.
How does God sees me? He sees my soul FIRST. If we could see each other’s souls first, and our own souls first — before we notice all the other things—body, mind, words, etc.—then we would have everything in HIS perspective. That is my prayer this day. I pray that I keep in mind that we are souls first. That reminds me of the song You Are Near. I have put the first 2 verses here.
You Are Near
Yahweh, I know you are near,
standing always at my side.
You guard me from the foe,
and you lead me in ways everlasting.
Lord, you have searched my heart,
and you know when I sit and when I stand.
Your hand is upon me protecting me from death,
keeping me from harm.
Where can I run from Your love?
If I climb to the heavens You are there;
If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea,
still I’d find You there.
With my passion for the sea, sunsets, and sunrises, of course I love that second verse so much. “Where can I run from Your love? If I climb to the heavens You are there; If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea, still I’d find You there.” Today it has extra-special meaning. Thursday I flew east to join my clan for a wedding on Saturday. A few days after that I fly back west to my family. So flying to the sunrise or sailing beyond the sea is where my heart is at this weekend.
As we paddle our boats into the sunrise and sunset of the days of our lives, may the incredible beauty of god’s world touch our hearts. May His vision for our lives become our vision. May we begin to see ourselves and each other through His eyes. May God bless your day today.