Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lessons from the mind

I think a lot.  Often, while I am going about my daily duties and normal life, I am thinking about things.  Lately, I can't get my mind off of this quote by C.S. Lewis.  I know, I posted about it before...but in the new year, every single bump and ditch in the road of life has caused me to think about this quote.
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can 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 so you are not surprised...."
I'm imagining right now, the state my "house" was in when God first stepped into my life.  Of course, I expected my life to get better!  Isn't that what everyone thinks will happen when they follow God? God will make you happy, give you friends and pay all of your bills...oh and of course, give you extra money to go shopping with.
Now, back to C.S. Lewis...
"But presently He [God] starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any 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."
When unexpected "curve balls" are thrown your way, how do you react? All too often, I find myself looking about, getting pouty as if thinking, "but God, why are you DOING this? You were supposed to make me happy right? That was the deal?" I seem to forget that When God came in my "house", He came in to make repairs, so rebuild my life. 
C.S. Lewis...
 "You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
God always knows what is best for me...He knows when I need a wall knocked out, or when I need a new courtyard. 
Like I said, I tend to think a lot...and though my thoughts tend to come out jumbled and confusing, it's important that I write them down sometimes, because they serve as a reminder to me.  I am becoming increasingly certain that every thought I have can serve as a lesson to myself, and perhaps to others.  This thought was certainly a lesson to me.


John Oberholtzer said...
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John Oberholtzer said...

And sometimes God takes a jackhammer to the foundation! Somehow, He still holds it all together. God is good.

*~Virginia~* said...

So very true!