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 loves to sit with his wife by the bonfire and make up stories about Tom the Backyard-Badger for his three lovely daughters. When he's not carving up the Appalachian Mountains on his Salsa El Mariachi, you can find him busy writing a book, collaborating on a book, or reading a book written by someone dead and gone. Timothy studied beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis under theologian Alister McGrath. The author of five books, including Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society (Zondervan), Timothy is currently finishing The Life-Changing Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019), preparing his doctoral thesis for publication, and trying to find a publisher for his first novel The Tempest and the Bloom. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.