My best friend and colleague sat in my office and gave me an animated review of her morning presentation. But I was distracted by her top which looked like it was on backward. When I asked her if it was; she pulled down the neckline and looked inside. Shrugging her shoulders, she said, “Oh well, I guess it is.” It didn’t bother her at all because she was not one to be caught up in her appearance.
At that time in my life, I would have been distraught about what others could be saying if I had walked around all morning with something out of place. However, the years have taught me to be less focused on outward appearances and to be more accepting of who I am inwardly, in my soul. And because the soul has to do with the mind, emotions, will, character, etc., our soul is what is important to God.
When the Psalmist says that he lifts up his soul to God, he is saying that he strips away all the outward pretense. He becomes honest about who he really is or about what he is feeling at the moment. When we are caregivers, there is the pressure to present a perfect persona to others. We may want to give the appearance that everything is in place. But in those days when you are hurrying so much that something doesn’t get done, or you put the kid’s t-shirt on backward, just know that if your soul is well, so are you.