Aug 24, Infinite Joy or Mud Pies

Written By: John - Aug• 24•11

Yesterday we talked about Jonathan Edwards quote and saw that we should enjoy God more than the things God gives us.  I want to explore that a little more.  In his sermon “Weight of Glory,” CS Lewis said,

“Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.  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 a slum because he cannot imagine what it is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.  We are far too easily pleased.” 

I have always loved going to the Gulf of Mexico.  I spend the first half of my childhood in Ocean Springs, MS and my summers were often spent with a seine net, a cast net, a crab net, a fishing pole, or simply swimming in the gulf.  I enjoyed those times with my dad, my pastor and his son Jonathan, and later my friend Johnny and I had a blast every day in that gulf.  When we moved to Alabama I missed the gulf, but I still love to return to it with my family.

Now imagine a child sitting in the midst of a slum playing with mud being offered a vacation at the sea…she has never been to the sea, never heard of the sea, and has no paradigm for the sea.  All she knows is that she is having a brief moment of pleasure and will not give up what she knows to be enjoyable for something unknown.

I am afraid we sons of Adam and daughters of Eve are like that.  The Garden is before us and intimacy with the God who made us is available and we want to choose our own way and do our own thing.  We cling to earthly relationships, possessions, and attitudes when ‘infinite joy’ is offered. 

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  1. Jonathan says:

    Lewis further echoes the sentiment that our desires are too weak in The Great Divorce in a much more subtle way, but it makes the book one of his best ever in my opinion. In fact, it is in a three way tie for the best Lewis book of all time because of his imagery of heaven. We tend to think too little of heaven down here.

  2. John says:

    Agree JB!

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