Just before you step into the clear capsule three stories above the ground, the lifeguard says “arms crossed tight across your chest like this,” making an X with her arms to demonstrate. “Now cross your feet and enjoy the ride!” Her smile is the last thing seen as the floor drops and you fly through slippery blind turns ending a few seconds later in a wave of water. Sound fun?
For some, absolutely! But for me, no thank you. On the ground taking pictures works for me, thanks for asking. This new type of water slide is all the rage, but to some it’s just scary. Worries overwhelm. Even if we know it’s coming, having the bottom drop and not know where you’re going is daunting, in slides or life.
Ever feel like the bottom of your world just dropped? It’s worrisome enough when it’s anticipated: living with a chronic condition or awaiting a life altering event. But it’s even worse when it’s sudden: the unexpected death, job loss or unwanted medical diagnosis. How do we manage when the floor of life opens and sends us flying down an unseen path?
What we do next is important. If the bottom falls out what would you do? In heart pounding, stomach in our throat moments, we may not see any choices. But we always have choices and what we choose makes a difference.
We can choose to believe this world is all that matters. Or we can choose to place our trust in the One who holds this world in His hands. I choose the latter. When my bottom dropped out, God was there. He’s always there. It’s our choice to see Him or not.
This is soul wellness. It’s faith without seeing. It’s a knowing inside that whatever happens, it’s ok. God’s got the world in His hands. He’s had a plan since the beginning. He has a plan for us: a good, hopeful plan. We usually mess with the plan. We think we can control things of this world. While we can control some things, ultimately the big picture is up to Him.
When thinking about wellness, it’s not only about body wellness as we discussed yesterday, or mind wellness as I challenged you on Monday, but also of soul wellness. These three components of wellness: soul, mind and body are what we’ll explore in this challenge. Our Thursdays will be focused on soul wellness.
So what is wellness exactly? Many believe it’s being healthy. At a wellness visit as it’s called now the doctor checks our numbers: weight, blood pressure, labs, etc. But these aren’t our wellness. They are indicators of our wellness. A worsening memory, feeling stressed, depressed or lack of interest in life are indicators of our mind wellness.
What’s acceptable as well varies from person to person and day to day. We all strive for those magic numbers or indicators of wellness, but it’s unrealistic. We are all unique and so is our wellness.
If our blood pressure is high or we feel depressed, we seek out someone to help us toward better body or mind wellness. But what about if the bottom drops? What about when we feel an ache in our being or an uneasiness we can’t explain? These soul wellness indicators are sometimes called a mid-life crisis, poor stress management or fear of the future. While all apt descriptions, they speak to the bigger issue of soul wellness.
Soul wellness is the peace we do or do not have in the depths of our being. I have a peace that surpasses all understanding thorough my faith in Jesus. I pray you do too. I believe we need to nurture all these elements of our wellness to truly be well. Wellness, the ever-changing entity, will ebb and flow in our lifetime. Wellness is a journey; a path changing daily. This journey to wellness in soul, mind and body is what we’ll explore in the next few weeks of the Challenge.
As mentioned yesterday, I’d love for us all to make a Wellness goal in each of these areas. Yesterday I gave you my body wellness goals. Here are my soul wellness goals:
- Seek Him first daily in prayer and in the Bible. Then listen and apply what I hear and learn!
- Trust God more than myself; follow His plan even if/when it may not seem logical. (This is a daily challenge for me!)
Ask yourself this, if the bottom fell out of your world, what would you do? Who would you turn to for help? For this Thoughtful Thursday, let’s think on our soul wellness and challenge ourselves to nurture it in the next few weeks.
Share with a comment here, on social media or just jot down your goals for yourself. Choose to pay attention to your soul wellness. It will bless you with in explicable peace if or when the bottom ever drops out.
Haven’t joined the Spring into Wellness Challenge yet? Sign up and ask a friend to join us! It’s never too late to be well!
Linking up with Suzie Eller at #liveFree, Susan Mead at #DanceWithJesus, Crystal Storms at #IntentionalTuestday, Holly Barrett at #TestimonyTuesday, Holley Gerth at #CoffeeForYourHeart, Jaime Weibel at #SittingAmongFriends Carolina Cisneros at #Open Mic Monday and Dawn Klinge at #GraceandTruth