The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.
Psalm 34:19, NAB
If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that.
Blessed Theresa of Calcutta
Wherever there is love, there is a trinity: a lover, a beloved, and a fountain of love.
It struck me recently that God wrote a large story in the lives of the people we read about in the Scripture, and it was usually for reasons beyond their understanding. He did so for several purposes, but one of them was to teach and illumine others who would not yet be born until thousands of years after the events. Is it possible that He is ‘writing’ our lives as well, for purposes we cannot begin to understand, and perhaps may never understand in our lifetimes? Our inexplicable sufferings, especially the blows of injustice, may be far more valuable to other souls than we can now guess. Thus the necessity of thanking Him for all our trials, adversity, unjust sufferings, because the fruit of these may be of incalculable worth, though hidden from our eyes.
Michael D. O’Brien, from his new masterwork, A Father’s Tale.
Easily my all-time favorite author.
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.