Living House

I was scrolling through Instagram this morning when I found a quote from C.S. Lewis that resonated with me on a very deep level:

“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.

But presently He 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.

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.”

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Let’s be honest, following Jesus is hard. Why? Because it’s not about our feelings and desires anymore but HIS. There are new blessings and moments of great happiness coming ahead of course, but there are also moments of confusion and weeping when our human desires aren’t met.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:8-9

In the midst of our struggles, it’s important to remember that God loves us unconditionally, and has a better plan. He is not limited by space-time like us, but lives in eternity where he sees the big picture of everything.

Truly, who are we to question his judgment?

God bless you all xx

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