Posted on Friday, October 19, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, Values
It’s been a busier than normal week. As I’ve waged war with my schedule I have thought quite a bit about this insightful quote by John Powell.
“All of us are willing to admit pangs of hunger and feelings of emptiness inside us. We experience half-formed dreams and vague drives for something more than human resources can promise or produce. There is in each of us a dynamic, a mystique or drive that, unless detoured by humans selfishness, leads to search for God, whether we know it or not.“
I am searching for God. Today and every day I’m praying, “Please God help me…”
“It is this desire that carries us beyond what we can see into the darkness and obscurity of faith. It is a hunger that can be satisfied in God alone. Obviously, God does not intend to satisfy this desire completely in this world; its function is to draw us closer and closer to God who alone can give us complete satisfaction. This is the truth which St Augustine discovered, after the discouragement of so many blind alleys, ‘our hearts were made for you, O God, and they shall not rest until they rest in you.’ “
Augustine, he is known as “St. Augustine” because of his deep spiritual life. Augustine struggled with life, faith, and frustrations, just like I do. Maybe like you too.
“There are many avenues of attraction to God. Some are drawn to him through his beauty, others to his peace, and still others are attracted by his power. Most (people) find themselves drawn to God as the source and wellspring of the very meaning of life, the ultimate ground of human existence. But it may be that the first motion of God within the believer-to-be is one of disturbance. Sometimes we forget that God comes to us, not only to give us peace but also to disturb us.“
God seems less concerned about my comfort that my confidence in God’s faithfulness.
And, whether we are willing to reach out to God or not, God is faithful, “He comforts the afflicted and he afflicts the comfortable.“
It’s true, some people become “a hopeless mess, and they find themselves aware of a demand to know what it is all about. This inner restlessness and disquiet can well be God sowing the first seeds of faith in the human heart.“
If you feel like a mess today, if you know someone who feels like a mess today, it’s not the end of the world, in fact, it could be exactly where God wants you to invite you deeper into a journey of faith. If so, join me, and pray, “Please God help me…”
These quotes are from A Reason to Live! A Reason to Die! by John Powell