Friday, August 3, 2012

C.S. Lewis

"The sweetest thing in all my life, has been the longing to find the place where all the beauty came from.." - C.S. Lewis

"God is basic Fact. He must not be thought of as a featureless generality. He is the most concrete thing there is." - C.S. Lewis

This from a man who at one time scoffed at the very notion that God existed.

There has been lots of darkness lately.  The headlines scream of man's rebellion to God.  Broken lives testify to God being long forgotten.  Hardened hearts remind us that many have no knowledge of God.  I feel it in moments when the quiet drowns out the noise.  The burden in my soul for the lost is pervasive.  Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of it.

And then I hear a story of redemption.  I hear a story of God breaking through and changing a life forever.  I read about the lost being found.

And I find renewed strength because God is not dead nor doth He sleep.  He is still in the miracle business and He still pursues mockers, loves sinners and pleads with the rebellious.  He is not overwhelmed.  He is at work.  Always.  Therein lies hope.

And so it is with our friend C.S. Lewis.  A changed man and a changed life that God has used to change countless others.  We can not have an encounter with God and remain the same.  Nothing is ever the same again.

Thank you Lord for the modern day Paul...a man who once argued against you to a man who ended up arguing for you every day thereafter.

An article on C.S. Lewis' brother:

"The intellectual life is not the only road to God, nor the safest, but we find it to be a road, and it may be the appointed road for us. Of course it will be so only so long as we keep the impulse pure and disinterested; we may come to love knowledge - our knowing - more than the thing known: to delight not in our talents but in the fact that they are ours, or even in the reputation they bring us. Every success in a scholar's life increases this danger. If it becomes irresistible, he must give up his scholarly work. The time for plucking out the right eye has arrived. " - C. S. Lewis