I know it can be hard to love God with feeling. He’s a real person, and from time to time the effects of his love are especially tangible, but all the while feeling love for him is like feeling love for someone you haven’t really met. Or it’s like loving an idea. A true idea, but not one with a particular laugh, an eye colour, a habit of making puns, a favorite food, or a chipped tooth, that you can experience with the senses. So I’m linking to a presentation by Joe Rigney at the Desiring God conference (2013). It’s about CS Lewis’ world of Narnia and Christian discipleship. Rigney makes Narnia new again. And he shares with insight and compassion what Lewis shared so well: the very real relief of being known by God – who holds you to a high standard, who remembers you are only dust, who sees your hurt for no more or less than what it is, who knows exactly how much you are to blame for the trouble in your life, even when you aren’t sure, and who forgives you for your sin even as you repent – God, who loves you, in the full sense of the word.
‘”My son, my son,” said Aslan. “I know. Grief is great. Only you and I in this land know that yet. Let us be good to one another.”‘
Do watch the video. It’s worth your time.