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Adventures in Finding God

Running Water

“Men cannot see their reflection in running water, but only in still water.”
-Chuang Tzu, philosopher (c. 4th century BCE)

As I read those words this morning I got to thinking about those words from Psalm 23. I wanted to get a better grasp on the issue with the still/quiet water. Then something hit me, if I cannot see my reflection in running water, I will not be able to see His either (not that He needs water in order to show me His reflection). But in addition, I tried to think back to the physics of running water and thought about all the pressure and turbulence that it is under. It’s pretty hard for me to see Him when I’m worried about too many other things. Slooooow down. Focus. Listen. See.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

Thank you your help yesterday in shedding light on my own understanding. It is wonderful to get a new perspective on His Word through His earthly saints.

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Understanding

Boy, I read this quote by C.S. Lewis through a couple times and still have a big question mark. Then I read the meditation that came with it… and I’m still scratching my head. Anybody out there have any thoughts?

“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning — just as, if there were no light in the universe, and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know that it was dark.  Dark would be without meaning.”
… C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

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Thrice Eloquent

For me, there’s something about poetic verse that adds significantly to my walk with Him.

I need not shout my faith. Thrice eloquent
          Are quiet trees and the green, listening sod;
      Hushed are the stars, whose power is never spent;
          The hills are mute: yet, how they speak of God!
… Charles Hanson Towne (1877-1949)

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Speak To Our Condition

“We are frequently advised to read the Bible with our own personal needs in mind, and to look for answers to our own private questions.  That is good, as far as it goes…  But better still is the advice to study the Bible objectively, … without regard, first of all, to our own subjective needs.  Let the great passages fix themselves in our memory.  Let them stay there permanently, like bright beacons, launching their powerful shafts of light upon life’s problems — our own and everyone’s — as they illumine, now one, now another dark area of human life.  Following such a method, we discover that the Bible does ‘speak to our condition’ and meet our needs, not just occasionally or when some emergency arises, but continually.”
… Frederick C. Grant (1891-1974)

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