God waits in that part of you from which you turn away.
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Wrote the following comment on September 10th, 2007 at 4:20 am #
This is very true, and very true to where i find myself right now. THere are times when the Lord is silent, wanting me to draw to Him; but more then that, there are times when I try to ignore where He wants me to go. Its the Jonah Syndrome.
Turning to Him is hard… but it wouldnt be worth as much if it wasnt.
Wrote the following comment on September 13th, 2007 at 1:18 am #
Rachel, thanks for responding!
At risk of getting technical on you, I would say that no matter what turning to him is priceless, but that often we can only understand how much he is worth (and ourselves for that matter) through hard times. In what you shared, I am reminded of C.S. Lewis’s metaphor for pain and suffering, that it is God’s megaphone to rouse the attention of a spiritually deaf and hard-hearted world.
Wrote the following comment on December 10th, 2010 at 12:49 am #
This is a really interesting idea and I cannot help but feel how it resonates within my own experience. Funnily enough I also immediately went to C.S. Lewis, but I thought of another work: “He warned people to ‘count the cost’ before becoming Christians. ‘Make no mistake,’ He says, ‘If you let me, I will make you perfect. The moment you put yourself in My hands, that is what you are in for. Nothing less, or other, than that. You have free will, and if you choose, you can push Me away. But if you do not push Me away, understand that I am going to see this job through. Whatever suffering it may cost you in your earthly life, whatever inconceivable purification it may cost you after death, whatever it costs Me, I will never rest, nor let you rest, until you are literally perfect– Until My Father can say without reservation that He is well pleased with you, as He said He was well pleased with Me. This I can do and will do. But I will not do anything less.’”
The intersting thing about this quote is that it always evokes in me both a blinding hope and a horrified shudder. Holding on the one hand the dizzy hope of the divine accolade. To know you have pleased the one whom you were made to please. Just the thought of this brings tears to my eyes. But on the other hand you have the promise, which in some ways is almost couched as a threat, that this is a life-long process which will sometimes be difficult and will most certainly be painful, but we also have the promise that what we will become in the end is more glorious then anything we could have conceived on our own.