I was reading a friend’s blog when I came upon this quote from C.S. Lewis,
”We are halfhearted creatures fooling about with drink and sex and ambition, when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mudpies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
This says so much about where my thoughts have been today. I’ve been going over and over the ideas of happiness that we anticipate day to day and how those compare and contrast to the ideas of joy and happiness outlined in scripture. I’m still working – and praying – through it all, but I think C.S. Lewis is really onto something here.
Over the past few weeks God keeps brining me back to the imagery of a toddler, one that doesn’t see the breadth of the world yet – the possibilities or the pain. The parent is tasked with protecting the child from the dangers he/she can’t see. But alongside that obligation comes the joy of introducing the child to the joys that the world holds – the simple pleasures and the amazing possibilities. And as our Father who sees and knows vastly more than we do, I think God is like that. We stubborn kids sit here complaining about having to leave our slum mudpies that are so much darn fun, while He is trying to lead us into a new and beautiful thing. And for all we know, He may plan to sit on the seashore with us and make mudpies in the sand. But if we don’t take his hand and let Him lead us, we’ll never know.