Infinte joy or the momentary pleasures of the world?


“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in the slums because he cannot imagine what is mean by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C.S. Lewis

To read this quote, I understand what Clive was saying. (You’d go by C.S. too if your name was Clive Staples) God has infinite joy to offer, but we settle for what we have around us. Pretty straight forward. A fairly simple concept to grasp. It is understood. But then I was feeding my daughter.

If you have ever fed a 6 month old you know that a mess in inevitable. Consequently, we always put a bib on her. And in the process of eating half the food on the spoon ends up on the bib. I scrape it up and put it back in her mouth, half goes on the bib, and the cycle continues. Even when I scrape it off, there is a residue left on her bib, I never get it all, but I am holding the jar and spoon full of baby food ready to put in her mouth, so I don’t worry too much about it. Unfortuantely, especially when she is really hungry, she gets distracted by what is on her bib and proceeds to try and lick it off. Being 6 months old the whole hand-eye coordination thing is a little tough for her. She never gets much and it takes a long time. All the while I am still standing there holding the jar and spoon, full of food, trying to get her attention while she struggles to get the crumbs, if you will, that are distracting her.

C.S. Lewis quote came to life. We get so distracted by the world and all it has to “offer” that we miss God, completely. We miss that He is holding an overflowing excess of what we want; of what we need. Yet we don’t get because we are in desperate search on our own. We think we know better. We think we’ve got it all together. The world is so appealing. Yet it really has nothing to offer. Nothing of substance. Nothing but momentary pleasures.

Are you eating the “crumbs” and licking the left overs from your bib, or are you eating richly from the Master’s hand?

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