“God is nearer to me than I am to myself”

“During a dry season in the New Hebrides, John G. Paton the missionary awakened the derision of the natives by digging for water. They said water always comes down from heaven, not up through the earth. But Paton revealed a larger truth than they had seen before by discovering to them that heaven could give water through their own land. So people insist on waiting for God to send them blessing in some supernatural way, when all the while God is giving them abundant supply if they would only learn to retreat into the fertile places of their own spirits where, as Jesus said, the wells of living waters seek to rise. We need to learn Eckhart’s lesson, ‘God is nearer to me than I am to myself; God is just as near to wood and stone, but they do not know it.'” Harry Emerson Fosdick

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