I have heard that when something is valuable and worthwhile, you are not apt to find it lying around in great heaps. Diamonds and gold are rare. Lions do not congregate in large numbers. So it is that God is not easy to find. Truth is not easy to put your hands on. But the saints, in all religious traditions, say that there is something about the search itself that instructs us, humbles us, informs us. Just because our own life sometimes appears to be empty of spiritual treasure, it doesn’t mean that this treasure doesn’t exist. People do find amethysts! People do experience the reality of God.
—Barbara Merritt from “Amethyst Beach” A UUA meditation manual for 2007.