My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it himself. He is the great iconoclast.

C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed, p. 76

Lewis here touches on a common theme is his writing, that of “images.” In this section, as in his university addressed titled “The Weight of Glory,” Lewis projects his ideas of reality upon us; the things in the world are representative of something else. All the beauty points somewhere else. Perhaps he would say too, that all the grief points somewhere else as well. For beauty that somewhere is God, for suffering is Lewis suggesting the same? 

Timothy Willard is the author of five books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life and the forthcoming The Life-Giving Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019). He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.