Spring is nearly here, and I’ve been interrupted time and again as I’ve been cleaning out and reorganizing closets, but the real question I wish to ask is:
Tolkien or Lewis?
What a choice, the men were friends, taught at Oxford University, members of the Inklings a literary group, and both produced masterful works of classic fantasy literature. It’s a toss up, but for high fantasy I’ve always been drawn to the vast scope of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Plus Tolkien has to have written the most delightfully complex appendix in literature. However when it comes to Christian apologetics C.S. Lewis leaves Tolkien, and just about everyone else, in the dust. (note: apologetics are reasoned arguments in justification of ‘something’ – usually religious doctrine.)
Of course without Tolkien’s Christian influence, C.S. Lewis, who was at one time a virulent atheist, “….angry with God for not existing,” may have never came to faith in Jesus Christ, and thus become one of the greatest defenders of Christianity of the twentieth century.
C.S. Lewis penned some great truths. Here is a small sampling:
“God doesn’t want something from us. He simply wants us.”
“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else.”
‘You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”
And my all time favorite: Our model is the Jesus, not only of Calvary, but of the workshop, the roads, the crowds, the clamorous demands and surly oppositions, the lack of all peace and privacy, the interruptions. – C.S. Lewis
How I can relate to interruptions! How comforting to know that Jesus knew about interruptions, workplace woes, crowded marketplaces, traffic and traffic jams, unending demands (thinking busy moms with toddlers), surly oppositions (would that be moms with teens?), the lack of all peace and privacy (more motherhood),…the interruptions. I applied motherhood, but select any walk of life and the plug-ins would apply to this quote.
Our model is Jesus in a world cluttered with demands, interruptions, and oppositions. So sounds like the 21st century, but we can know that even in the swirling stress-filled storms of our postmodern lives, we can abide in the peace of God that transcends all understanding.
That peace that we are urged to seek.
“Seek peace, and pursue it,” 1Peter 3:11, also Psalm 34:14
“Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.” – C.S. Lewis
Peace needs to be pursued. The directive is active, and an on going activity. Like my closets that won’t organize themselves, the organization system only works – if it’s used, peace needs to be practiced.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Living with interruptions? That’s okay. It’s part of the human condition. Seek peace, pursue it, and if you get a chance this week cozy up to a good classic: Tolkien or Lewis, your choice.
Until I post again,…may God bless and keep you!