God at Her Elbow

C.S. Lewis and his wife, Joy

C.S. Lewis, grieving the death of his wife, Joy:

On the other hand, ‘Knock and it shall be opened.’

But does that knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac? And there’s also ‘To him that hath shall be given.’ After all, you must have a capacity to receive, or even omnipotence can’t give. Perhaps your own passion temporarily destroys the capacity. For all sorts of mistakes are possible when you are dealing with Him.

Long ago, before we were married, H. was haunted all one morning as she went about her work with the obscure sense of God (so to speak) ‘at her elbow,’ demanding her attention. And of course, not being a perfected saint, she had the feeling that it would be a question, as it usually is, of some unrepented sin or tedious duty. At last she gave in – I know how one puts it off – and faced Him.

But the message was, ‘I want to give you something’ and instantly she entered into joy.

(from A Grief Observed)

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