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Seeking for God – The Restless Journey of Augustine
In his Confessions, Augustine detailed his own pilgrimage, and the long-term pursuit of God. Every step he took moved him either closer to God or further away. There were peaceful times and tremendous challenges along the path. It was often the twists and turns in life that God used to draw him to Himself. Even when he went in the wrong direction the Lord pursued him. Only God’s grace redeemed and set him in the right direction. He could not reach God or fulfill his commands by human effort alone. Rather, God always graced his heart. The adventures of Augustine began long before his conversion. After running from God for many years, he finally yielded his life to the Almighty. However, after conversion the journey did not end. The remainder of Augustine’s life was spent in pursuit of the One he loved. He said, “…Our hearts find no peace until they rest in you (p. 21). During his journey seeking for the truth, Augustine experienced a great deal of pain and suffering in his life. The sins he described and confessed can all be viewed as distractions from God. “My sin was this that I looked for pleasure, beauty, and truth not in Him but in myself and his other creatures (p. 40). Augustine considers himself as a wicked child because he was unable to control his desires or emotions. He also became frivolous and a liar. He was inordinately desirous of winning boyish games, and became known for cheating. He bemoaned that this was not boyish innocence, and that the cheating and ugliness of boyhood is only succeeded by the larger but similar ugliness of adulthood (p. 39-40). With the onset of adolescence, Augustine entered what he considered the most lurid and sinful period of his life. He ran wild with lust and with desires for a surfeit of hell’s pleasure (p. 43). The theft of the pears particularly disturbed him; this teenage prank was done with no other motive than a desire to do wrong. He recognized that he loved...
Seeking for God – The Restless Journey of Augustine
In his Confessions, Augustine detailed his own pilgrimage, and the long-term pursuit of
God. Every step he took moved him either closer to God or further away. There were peaceful
times and tremendous challenges along the path. It was often the twists and turns in life that God
used to draw him to Himself. Even when he went in the wrong direction the Lord pursued him.
Only God’s grace redeemed and set him in the right direction. He could not reach God or fulfill
his commands by human effort alone. Rather, God always graced his heart. The adventures of
Augustine began long before his conversion. After running from God for many years, he finally
yielded his life to the Almighty. However, after conversion the journey did not end. The
remainder of Augustine’s life was spent in pursuit of the One he loved. He said, “…Our hearts
find no peace until they rest in you (p. 21).
During his journey seeking for the truth, Augustine experienced a great deal of pain and
suffering in his life. The sins he described and confessed can all be viewed as distractions from
God. “My sin was this that I looked for pleasure, beauty, and truth not in Him but in myself and
his other creatures (p. 40). Augustine considers himself as a wicked child because he was unable
to control his desires or emotions. He also became frivolous and a liar. He was inordinately de-
sirous of winning boyish games, and became known for cheating. He bemoaned that this was not
boyish innocence, and that the cheating and ugliness of boyhood is only succeeded by the larger
but similar ugliness of adulthood (p. 39-40). With the onset of adolescence, Augustine entered
what he considered the most lurid and sinful period of his life. He ran wild with lust and with de-
sires for a surfeit of hell’s pleasure (p. 43). The theft of the pears particularly disturbed him; this
teenage prank was done with no other motive than a desire to do wrong. He recognized that he
loved his fall into sin (p.47). The pears were not stolen for their beauty, their taste, or their nour-
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