Chamomile and Contentment

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I was in college when I tried chamomile tea for the first time.

 

I’d read about it as I child. What a soothing, delicious potion it must have been. It even calmed Peter Rabbit after his harrowing adventure in Mr. McGregor’s garden. “One table-spoonful to be taken at bedtime,” his mother had said.

 

I asked my mother about it and she told me it was made from the petals of flowers. That even made it more appealing. Surely, chamomile was the nectar of the angels, I thought.

 

Until I tried it, that is. What a let-down. No wonder Peter Rabbit could only stomach a tablespoon of it at a time. It seemed more akin to warm dish water than the mystical essence I’d dreamed it to be.

 

I have noticed that about a lot of things.

 

The dream is usually sweeter than the attainment therein.

 

The Word testifies to this fact over and again:

 

“The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing” (Ecclesiastes 1:8).

 

“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).

 

“All a man’s labor is for his mouth and yet the appetite is not satisfied (Ecclesiastes 6:7).

 

And before you decide I’m just on a negative binge, there seems to be a link in all of this dissatisfaction. It’s connected to perspective.

 

You see it’s “the eyes of man are never satisfied” (Proverbs 27:20 NKJV).

 

If we keep seeking our satisfaction from the Internet, books, videos or shopping, we will never be satisfied.

 

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world” (1 John 5:16).

 

There is only one way to truly be contented with your life.

 

The Lord must truly be Your Shepherd.

 

For when the Lord is your Shepherd, you shall not want (Psalm 23:1).

 

As Augustine prayed, “God, You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.”

 

To be content with ourselves and our world, we must stop expecting our physical senses to provide fulfillment. Because “all earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation – Francois Fenelon.

 

We must intentionally “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

 

May we start today with the words of King David, “As for me, I shall behold Thy face in righteousness; (then and only then) I will be satisfied with Thy likeness when I awake” (Psalm 17:15).

 

restless augustine.