My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh also longeth after thee, * in a barren and dry land where no water is. ~Psalm 63:2
St. Augustine wrote: Our hearts are restless until they rest in you (Lord). Altogether too often we try to make our own peace and find our consolation in the world. We find when we do this that we create for ourselves a desert, a dry land where we have cut ourselves off from the real living water.
We want the best job, a great car, and a beautiful house. We hold up the idea of a perfect life as an idol for ourselves, and we think “if only we had a better job, then my life would be better,” or a better car, or whatever greener grass we’re currently idolizing. As long as our hope is in material possessions we will be restless; we will be unhappy.
Our call as Christians is to rest in Christ. When life gets dark, place your trust not in the things of the world, but put your hope in Christ alone, for He is the good shepherd of souls.