There is a story i read once about St Augustine. He was walking along the beach while trying to understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity. A little boy was running back and forth from the sea to a hole which he dug in the sand, trying to fill the hole with water using seashells. When the boy explained that he was trying to empty the sea into the pool, St Augustine told him that it was impossible. The boy replied that neither could he fit the Trinity into his tiny little brain. Then the boy vanished.
I am bad at remembering numbers. For that reason, i could never ace history. If i could remember the date, i would forget the year. If i could remember the year, i would forget the day or month. After almost failing History in my first year of College, i gave it up and took up Art instead in my second year. Of course, the other reason for taking art was that it was not content-based and more enjoyable, although i couldn’t excel in it.
The Bible is also somewhat related to numbers. Even though i may remember a quote correctly, it was and still is difficult for me to recall which book, chapter or verse the quote came from. In fact, it took me quite a long time before i could finally remember my first favourite verse – Matthew 11:28.
“Come to me, all you who labour and are over-burdened, and I will give you rest.”
And that was only because i desperately needed the Lord and wanted to claim His promise. Now, i am happy that there is the Bible Search, and i thank God for it!
Then again, remembering verses is one thing, understanding the Word of God is another. Many a time, i feel like St Augustine, trying too hard to understand in-depth. How can i, a mere creature, ever fully understand my Creator? By Renee
“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?” Job 11:7-8