Monday, November 23, 2015

Master’s Monday: He Breaks the Enchantment

“These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited. Do you think I am trying to weave a spell? Perhaps I am; but remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them. And you and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness.”

This quotation has been on my mind and heart this week. I love the imagery, from C. S. Lewis’s sermon, The Weight of Glory, incidentally preached at the University Church here in Oxford, where I performed in a chamber orchestra concert a few weeks ago. 

In this Thanksgiving season, some of the blessings for which I am the most thankful include the exemplary men and women in my life who have willingly chosen to join in on my Father’s great spell-weaving process. I am so thankful for those who have helped me to see how easily I can be captivated by the things of this world. Often these things do not look so bad. In fact, their very promise of pleasantness is typically what makes them so powerful. Too easily I am induced to slumber by the comfort of the mundane. Lord, awaken my heart; keep me alert and on guard; fill me with Your passion for those who remain under the enchantment.

In His High Priestly Prayer, Jesus articulated His desire that we might have His joy fulfilled in us. What a marvelous thought! His joy surpasses any that this world can offer. I want to keep my mind and my heart set on Him this week.