Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid
any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money,
sex, status, health and (above all) on your own grievances. Keep the radio on.
Live in a crowd. Use plenty of sedation. If you must read books, select them
very carefully. But you’d be safer to stick to the papers. You’ll find the
advertisements helpful; especially those with a sexy or a snobbish appeal.
inimitable C.S. Lewis!
We’ve been God-dodgers
from our genesis it seems. But there’s a problem. The great difficulty in
avoiding God is namely this: He’s terribly
Probably no one
has ignored Him altogether but it’s certainly not from lack of trying. (Did you
ever try really hard to not think
about something or someone?)
gave atheism his best shot; but in the end, his faith in no-God couldn’t
withstand Love’s relentless pursuit.
You must picture me alone in that room
. . . 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. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the
Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. The Prodigal
Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love
which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking,
struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of
By Joy, p. 125)
lost nor hiding. He’s clearly seen in the beautiful face of Jesus Christ. Wherever
you are, God is there. Open your eyes and bask in the view.