7.02.2007

Thought for the Day

I have always loved this quote by C.S. Lewis. It comes from his book "Mere Christianity" and has helped me to push through things that I find difficult and don't understand.

“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 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 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.”

Finally the light goes on -- aha!! I'm going to be a palace! Then I'm grateful for His wisdom in seeing beyond the 'decent little cottage' that I seem to be content to be, and His patience in rebuilding me, day by day.

5 comments:

Miss Jones said...

thats a great quote jan, thanks!

The Duenas Fam said...

what a neat quote. i love c.s. lewis! his way of writing and thinking is just so inspired.

Kristi said...

I love that quote. I've never read that book, but I've heard it's a great. Thanks for sharing :)

Chris * Natalie * Maya * Mason said...

i love that quote. one of my favorites!

Jori said...

I love that quote. I have heard it before, but didn't realize it was from C.S. Lewis.