‘Our hearts are restless…’ and that can be good!

May 13, 2013 — 1 Comment

George Herbert wrote a wonderful poem reminiscent of Augustine’s words, “You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they find their rest in You.”

Herbert’s poem goes to a deeper place…
of loving God for Himself and not for His great blessings!

The Pulley

  When God at first made man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by,
“Let us,” said he, “pour on him all we can.
Let the world’s riches, which dispersèd lie,
   Contract into a span.”
   So strength first made a way;
Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honour, pleasure.
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that, alone of all his treasure,
   Rest, in the bottom lay.
   “For if I should,” said he,
“Bestow this jewel also on my creature,
He would adore my gifts instead of me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature;
   So both should losers be.
   “Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlessness;
Let him be rich and weary, that at least,
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
   May toss him to my breast.”

Q – Do you ever find yourself adoring God’s gifts instead of God?


One response to ‘Our hearts are restless…’ and that can be good!


    Thanks for posting this poem. A poetic reminder of the glorious truth of the gospel. We’ll spend our whole lives needing to remember this truth and we’ll spend eternity living in it.

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