“I remember saying one summer, “What I really need is a trip to the ocean.” So I went to the beach, but the ocean seemed to say, “It is not in me!” The ocean did not do for me what I thought it would. Then I said, “Perhaps the mountains will provide the rest I need.” I went to the mountains, and when I awoke the first morning, I gazed at the magnificent mountain I had so longed to see. But the sight did not satisfy, and the mountain said, “It is not in me!”
“What I really needed was the deep ocean of God’s love, and the high mountains of His truth within me. His wisdom had depths and heights that neither the ocean nor the mountains could contain and that could not be compared with jewels, gold, or precious stones. Christ is wisdom and He is our deepest need. Our inner restlessness can only be pacified by the revelation of His eternal friendship and love for us. Margaret Bottome“
(from August 26th of “Streams of the Desert” by L.B. Cowman)
What “oceans” or “mountains” do you seek to pacify your inner restlessness? I don’t really mean for you to answer that. It’s just that when I read this passage from Streams in the Desert yesterday, it made me stop and think about the things I seek instead of God sometimes. I know it doesn’t make much sense – why wouldn’t I just seek God? I don’t even realise that I do this. But I want to change. How ’bout you?