“You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.”
( Surprised by Joy , by C.S. Lewis)
Those of you familiar with the writings of C.S. Lewis understand what a gifted writer he was. There are many gifted writers in all genres of literature, but his gift was astounding. How he used words to convey meaning was beautiful. Plain and simple, he is a joy to read.
The quote of his above is one that I remember reading not so much for how wonderfully it is written — and it is — but for how well it would describe the struggle of some I know in their fight against belief in God. While the second half of the quote is not yet applicable to their situations, I hope and pray they eventually give in to His “unrelenting approach”.
I cannot help but wonder how many of them take the time to read C.S. Lewis’ works like “Mere Christianity”, “Miracles”, and “Surprised by Joy” (just for starters). I would dare say not many.
I cannot help but wonder how many of them take the time to read C.S. Lewis’ works like “Mere Christianity”, “Miracles”, and “Surprised by Joy” (just for starters). That alone is worth a prayer.