On the Outside of the World

At present we are on the outside of the world,
the wrong side of the door.
We discern the freshness and purity of morning,
but they do not make us fresh and pure.
We cannot mingle with the splendours we see.
But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour
that it will not always be so.
Some day, God willing, we shall get in.
~C.S. Lewis, from The Weight of Glory

Sometimes I’m on the outside looking in,
other times I’m on the inside looking out,
wondering where I should be,
knowing where I want to be,
longing for something I can’t quite reach.

We see through a glass darkly,
waiting for the day when all will be clear,
waiting to be invited into the purity
of where God dwells richly.

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4 thoughts on “On the Outside of the World

  1. Humans, in their egotism and self-intellectual pronouncements often try to ‘know’ the mind of God. I think that this was Paul’s way of expressing this Truth so perfectly in 1 Cor 13:12. And, also, in the Genesis mythical explanation of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden (second story of Creation, Chapter 3, the Hebrew authors may have been suggesting the same exact thing.

    Your second pic (left), dear Emily, is stunning – not only visually, but in its juxtaposition with both texts.
    (“A picture IS so often worth a thousand words.” – a special gift that you always share with us.
    Thank you for all.

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