One of the most joyful parts of the Christian life is seeing new elements in the character of God. These, like facets of a precious stone, are seen in fresh ways many more times as you rethink and explore more deeply who God is. Today I find myself rethinking an emotion of God aided by the quote from C. S. Lewis that you can read below..
I confess to not being a great fan of Lewis (is that heresy in Christian circles?) but I do love this quote from The Magicians Nephew. Here it is as cited on the RZIM website:
“Please—Mr. Lion—Aslan, Sir?” said Digory working up the courage to ask. “Could you—may I—please, will you give me some magic fruit of this country to make my mother well?”
Digory, at this point in the story, had brought about much disaster for Aslan and his freshly created Narnia. But he had to ask. In fact, he thought for a second that he might attempt to make a deal with Aslan. But quickly Digory realized the lion was not the sort of person with which one could try to make bargains.
Lewis then recounts, “Up till then the child had been looking at the lion’s great front feet and the huge claws on them. Now in his despair he looked up at his face. And what he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down near his own and wonder of wonders great shining tears stood in the lion’s eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory’s own that for a moment he felt as if the lion must really be sorrier about his mother than he was himself.”
“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…”