The other night I had the privilege to see the play “Shadowlands” the “love story” of C.S. Lewis and the woman he fell in love with and married. She was in her early 40’s and he in his late 50’s. Unlike any of his fictional stories – this was the true account of his journey through love and loss – joy and pain – struggle with questions and faith in God – changing many of his opinions on many things he had held as “truth” – and even visiting the “dark side” in his despair.
Love and loss can do this. Each one of us has a story. Each one of us has questioned things about life and even about God – at one time or another – if we’re really honest. You see – there’s nothing like pain to make you really honest. It probes around inside of you and won’t let go of you. Your “real” self comes out – the good, the bad and mostly the ugly when you are in pain.
I love this quote by C.S. Lewis:
“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
- My “shadowland” is a journey through that pain, loss and ultimately – victory over something. Most everyone has something that is their “test” and the hardest thing they will ever have to endure. Many times – it is private and not many people know about it – but it is still there – and it still casts a “shadow” over your life. But I, like C.S. Lewis have discovered the nearness of God though that struggle – and a wisdom and strength that cannot be earned any other way. It is in the “dark” times that we are so much more dependent of God – and we fully appreciate it when we come out into the light. It is sometime much later that we begin to see the reasons why. Sometimes we never know the reasons.
- What is your “Shadowland” today? What are you going through today that maybe very few people know about? Maybe no one knows except God. Maybe you are even questioning your very purpose in life – and your relationship with Him. I am praying for you today that like me, you will begin to see the purpose in your loss – and will be able to see God’s hand over your life and struggle as you surrender to that loss. I pray that you will be able to hear God’s voice to you in your conscience and His shouts to you in your pain.
- I am praying for you
- God Bless