It does well to quote the CS Lewis guy once in a while as I tend to find him quite wise and he simply refuses to be annoying in any way whatsoever- which is much to be said about a theologian. I found this quote this morning and rather than glossing over yet another lot of clever words, I read it, mainly because it had the word renovation in it. That word seems to have jumped around in my face inadvertently lately, like a lemming.
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right, and stopping the leaks in the roof, and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably, and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
– C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (London: William Collins, 1970), 172.
It feels like a bit of renovation is going on at the moment.
I picked up a copy of Organic God the other day and it’s one of those books where you kind of get half an idea that God has dumped it in front of you quite purposely.
I am jaded about the church and expression of Christianity that I see, the messiness of the lives around me and frustrated by my own apathy.