After a few hours of restless sleep, I finally got up for awhile and read a portion of Conformed to His Image by Kenneth Boa. I was reading through a chapter on motivation and came across this wonderful quote, written by Julian of Norwich in her Revelations of Divine Love. She speaks of the importance of having an intense longing for God. The following was written six hundred years ago:
At the same moment the Trinity filled me full of heartfelt joy, and I knew that all eternity was like this for those who attain heaven. For the Trinity is God, and God the Trinity; the Trinity is our maker and keeper, our eternal lover, joy and bliss–all through our Lord Jesus Christ. . . . We have got to realize the littleness of creation and to see it for the nothing that it is before we can love and possess God who is uncreated. This is the reason why we have no ease of heart or soul, for we are seeking our rest in trivial things which cannot satisfy, and not seeking to know God, almighty, all-wise, all-good. He is true rest. It is His will that we should know Him, and His pleasure that we should rest in Him. Nothing less will satisfy us. . . . We shall never cease wanting and longing until we possess Him in fullness and joy. Then we shall have no further wants. Meanwhile His will is that we go on knowing and loving until we are perfected in heaven. . . . The more clearly the soul sees the blessed face by grace and love, the more it longs to see it in its fullness. (cited in Boa, Conformed to His Image, p. 148)
What a wonderful quote! I read these lines several times. I came away from this paragraph thinking, "May I not seek satisfaction in trivial things which cannot satisfy." Perhaps you connect with these thoughts as well.