A few good words from our friend George Black, the South Central (New Haven) regional missionary.
C.S. Lewis once said “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.”
I heard this quote in a sermon recently and it rocked me to my core. I know that Lewis is talking about the individual here, the singular person who God is transforming from the inside out and that is indeed important, but I cannot help but see a call for The Church as a unity, in all her splendor. What was the thing we thought God was building in us, as the united Body of Christ? What was the direction we were going in before the world changed a few months ago? What is God building now, and can we let go of what WAS happening, what we wanted to happen, so that we can be present to what God is doing NOW? Are we willing to let go of the cottage so that God can make us, The Church, into the palace we are meant to be? I think God is making something great right now. It is what God does. God creates. God makes.
Are we ready to be apart of what God is making?
In the words of our Gospel this week: “in my Father’s house there are many mansions.” May we allow ourselves to be transformed anew into a living house. – Rev. Mary