He refreshes my soul.
What does that even mean?
Well, right now, many of us are living in a perpetual state of hopelessness. It’s brought on by many different things from a relationship ending to a job loss, from a debilitating disease to an especially depressing news program — hopelessness can seep deep into the heart and slowly break it from the inside out.
Hopelessness offers nothing. It provides no help, no service, no tools to aid you on the road of life. And because of this, you feel helpless and alone when hopelessness enters your heart. There is only one person who can truly change this. Only one person can loosen the hold of despair on your life and restore your heart and soul.
As the pastor and writer Max Lucado states, it’s “Not just any person. You don’t need someone equally confused. You need someone who knows the way out. And from him, you need a vision. You need someone to lift your spirits. You need someone to look you in the face and say, “This isn’t the end. Don’t give up. There is a better place than this. And I’ll lead you there.”
“There is a better place than this… and I’ll lead you there.” Wow. Just that statement infuses peace into my heart. Does it yours? Knowing that someone is waiting and willing to mend your broken heart and take you by the hand and lead you out of the hopelessness that broke it in the first place is pretty amazing.
That person is Jesus and He is waiting and willing to do that. In John 14:6, he declares, “I am the way.” He is the way. Quite literally.
We don’t need a map, just Him. We don’t need GPS, only Him. We don’t need a path, because He IS the path. And when you follow Him, you find that you never get lost again.