Augustine hit the nail on the head when he wrote, “To search for God, is to have found God.” I think a good companion to that thought is when we search for light we catch a glimpse of God within us. Astronomers when asked why they explore outer space say “it opens up the world I live in.” We do self-examination not just to improve ourselves, but it enables us to better understand the community around. Exploration not only discovers the new, it helps us better understand the old.
We search and wait patiently for the light, especially the light that emanates from something we love. Anne Lamott explains that “ when we love something like reading, or drawing, or music, or nature, it surrounds you with a connection to something great….. The feeling is like pulling into our own train station (or driveway) after a long trip…. You feel joy, relief, and a pleasant exhaustion.”
So Tom we search for meaning, light, or whatever you want to call it in many different ways. If we look outside of ourselves, we learn more about the within. If we search within, we better understand the world around us. If we search the beautiful outside, we find beauty at home. Sounds like dear friend as Augustine began, the importance is the search. To search is always to find, just maybe not what we are looking for. Webb