I am subscribed to A Slice of Infinity, part of the Ravi Zacharias ministry http://www.rzim.org. This mornings email devotional was a good one to read. "Restless Hearts."
I especially liked the words Jill Carattini quoted by St. Augustine: "You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee."
Just because I know the Lord and love Him does not mean that restless discontent is banished. Nope. I struggle with it from time to time.
This morning when I walked outside - it was so cold that I was immediately mad. I am so tired of cold weather that I fumed and decided that I wanted to sell everything and move away. I say things like that occasionally but most of the time as soon as I warm back up the thoughts fly away.
Alaska is a place in the winter where scores of people can become discontented and hate the climate. But just warm it up a few degrees and those feelings disappear and the beauty that surrounds us alleviates the anger that the bitter cold stirs up during the dark, cold days of winter. I see it all the time -when the temps rise the bounce in the Alaskans steps comes back. We walk in and out of buildings wearing only short sleeve shirts at about freezing. We smile when the rest of the world looks at us with astonishment. But after minus temps just freezing is spring!
I am so ready for 32F!!!! Come on Spring.
Ah well. I guess the last few weeks this biting cold has put me into some kind of a crazy mood. Probably discontent!