Monday, February 27, 2012

Well Said: He is building a palace

I wound up mentioning this quote to three different people last week. Obviously it is on my mind, so I'm sharing it here. Perfect for Lent and possibly also perfect for other circumstances we find ourselves in.

Also, my Lenten "add on" is to memorize something different every week. I had no idea how difficult that would be. I'm decades out of practice. Last week is was Psalm 19:1-4.

I think this week I'll memorize this, considering how often I refer to it and how I misquoted it every time to my friends.
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
Along these lines, The Anchoress talks about the "yes" of Lent.


  1. And a good quote it is to have on our minds during this time.

  2. It is so true. Thanks for the reminder. A palace. I mentioned recently our priest reminding us not to give up, to ask for a miracle. We can and should keep asking and believing; it's not a cottage! Priceless.

  3. CS Lewis certainly had a way with words and imagery, didn't he? Thinking about God taking up residence in your soul makes you looks at your life in a whole new way doesn't it?

  4. This is beautiful, Julie. Thank you for sharing.