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Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Broadcaster, musician, song writer, tea drinker and curry lover.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Just Passing Through...

For some reason I really felt I wanted to write something today, but I really had no idea what to say. These past few weeks I've had very little I really wanted to say. Been fighting what seems like it's been an everlasting bout of colds/bronchitis, and at one point, pneumonia, but as I said to one of my US "family" last night, I think I'm finally coming out of that particular funk.

There have been several instances over the last few days when I have felt I wanted to post, but something really hit me today as I was flicking through the blogs on the web page of a relatively new band to me - The City Harmonic. If you haven't checked them out, you should. Musically inhabiting territory slap bang in the middle of Coldplay/Arcade Fire, this is modern worship that you can immerse yourself in, and more importantly, which leads you to immerse yourself in God.

Anyway, lead singer Elias Dummer was talking about a particular C.S. Lewis quote that struck him deeply. Those who know me will be aware that I am a massive Lewis fan. The beauty of his writings is that one is always discovering incredible new quotes that have been hidden in his vast canon of work.
Lewis says "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." Now if we are honest, I think many Christians can relate to that kind of feeling. Often it is an abstract one, maybe borne out of a deep sense of God as creator. Beaches, the ocean and starlit skies do that for me.

That desire to which you cannot put a name is, as Lewis points out, because we are only transitory. Not of this world, as numerous Christian writers and singers have put it. I don't know about you, but the thought that I was made for another world actually excites me, at a time when I have felt somewhat distant from God.

Of course, the challenge thrown out to us now is how we live IN this world as people who are just passing through it. How we relate to a majority of people who consider this world to be it. Finito. We have to care about them. We have to be interested. We have to love them. We need to...I need to give them an opportunity to discover the truth that there is a whole new world waiting for them if they put their faith and trust in the One who made it.

Yeah, THERE'S the challenge!

1 comment:

Jenna said...

I love this. Thank you for the reminder.