As anticipated, here’s an excerpt from the C.S. Lewis Advent Reflection. I’ve thought about this one several times over the past 24 hours:
“If God-such a God as any adult religion believes in- exists, mere movement in space will never bring you any nearer to him or any farther from Him than you are at this moment. You can neither reach him nor avoid Him by traveling to Alpha Centauri or even to other galaxies. A fish is no more, and no less, in the sea after it has swum a thousand miles than it was when it set out.
How, then, it may be asked, can we either reach or avoid Him?
The avoiding, in many times and places, has proved so difficult that a very large part of the human race failed to achieve it. But in our own time and place it is extremely easy. Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money, sex, status, health, and (above all) 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 advertisements helpful, especially those with a sexy or a snobbish appeal.
About the reaching, I am a far less reliable guide. This is because I never had the experience of looking for God. It was the other way round: He was the hunter (or so it seemed to me) and I was the deer.” -December 21st
Yep, I love how He pursues us. Like a hunter chasing a deer, or a shepherd going after his sheep caught in the thicket, or like a Papa grabbing hold of his run-away, tottering little one.