Living House

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house.

At first, perhaps you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you know that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised.”

(The house seems better now-more of what you wanted for yourself)

“But presently he starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to?

The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of–throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace.

He intends to come and live in it Himself!”

-C.S. Lewis

Many thanks to Alyssa for sharing this excerpt on her blog that dug down deep and touched my heart. (Hopefully I didn’t offend anyone by adding photos to illustrate the story.)


  1. Thanks so much for sharing! God wants the very best for us, even though we don’t come close to deserving it, that’s real love!

  2. I totally read her post – it was soo long but sooo good! I loved it too and nice job bringing this message to your blog – it is just too good not to share, I agree! Hope you are feeling great – only 5 more weeks or so for me 😉 The Lady

  3. What good illustrations of our life – it makes it much more understandable when it’s put in those terms. C.S. Lewis is awesome!

  4. Loved this post, just what I needed as a reminder this particular morning. It’s funny though, sometimes we really truly feel like things aren’t going as planned. It’s important to think about whose plans it’s not going as planned with. He is trying to create something far greater and yet many resist which I am certainly guilty of too. I loved the house illustration. 🙂

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