I am terribly excited to show you more of what is in my back-pack for life. (Scroll back to the last blog for item #1.)
The next item, (#2) I would pull from my pack, would be my field glasses.
They are not like any ordinary binoculars for with them, I can look at my unseen thoughts, my very small sins (microscopic, I’m sure), and have a better view of my trail map. I can see my fellow travelers in a clearer light, and I can use them as a high-powered telescope: looking into eternity, both past and future. They also serve as night vision lenses, giving me courage when my way is dimmed, and they even allow me see the brilliance of the God of the Universe with such added clarity, it makes me sing for joy.
They are really quite spectacular and my life has been changed for the better because of them.
What are they?
The writings of C.S. Lewis.
Volumes have been written discussing the life, letters, and books of this extraordinary, ordinary man: this atheist who dropped the “a” to become a theist. I would only detract from all the great writers who have analyzed, categorized, criticized, and highly prized this man’s gift for taking difficult topics and making them understandable. Yes, his vast knowledge and use of the English language can make me feel just plain old stupid, and I have to read and re-read a lot of it, one line at a time; I don’t think he would have had much patience with me if I was his student at Cambridge, but I try to understand what I can and his writing has revolutionized how I look at life.
Life has been gradually blurring lately, so I finally made an appointment to get my eyes checked. Sitting in the exam chair yesterday, I tried to decide whether I preferred lens number 1, or number 2. Lens number 2, or lens number 3. Lens number 3, or lens number 1. Lens number 2, or lens number 4…
I sat with my face tight against the googly eye machine and I was starting to sweat. I felt as though my future was being determined by choosing the right lens, and if I said lens number 4 when I really meant lens number 1, I would be doomed paying a lot of money for the wrong prescription.
When the lens popped into place that suddenly sharpened my focus and I could read the smallest print at the bottom of the chart, I was ecstatic. All I want is a clearer view so I can absorb all the beauty, all the goodness, all the words, pictures and faces that surround me on my hike this side of eternity . I also want to have sharp vision when watching for traps, gopher holes and rough ground along this rugged way.
I would miss much of the above things, if I had not discovered the writings of Mr. Lewis. Each word that flowed from his pen brings some part of this life into sharper focus just as a trusty pair of lenses do, and I am forever indebted and grateful he walked the path before me.
If you don’t have these indispensable field glasses, I suggest you purchase some today.
You’ll be surprised at what you’ve been missing.
P.S. Just in case you’re curious, the read that brought eternity into better focus for me is “The Great Divorce.” The best ever “How to Avoid Pit-Falls of Temptation and Erroneous Thought” book (besides the Bible), is actually entitled “Screwtape Letters”. “The Chronicles of Narnia” series make it easy for parents and children to see Aslan, the Lion representation of Jesus in a new light, and to love Him even more. My recent discovery of “C.S. Lewis Doodle” on You Tube bring his writings to life in a pictorial way and makes for plenty of great discussion around the supper table. Enjoy!