Smooth Gods Who Don’t Rock the Boat

 

“Aslan” said Lucy “you’re bigger”.
“That is because you are older, little one” answered he.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger”.”

I am a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia saga, and I feel that there are very interesting analogies that can provide interesting insight for us in our lives, and approaches to the gospel. I love the above example that demonstrates that with growth our view of God can be transformed, and often we can begin to see God as much bigger than we had previously.

I believe that a problem that we can often have is that we want to constrain God and place him in a box so that we can be confident that we understand every single aspect of him, but I feel that this is a wrong approach as much of the time we are actually needing to open up the box and allow ourselves to see God in ways that we have not seen him before.

Elder Holland taught us that “Sadly enough, my young friends, it is a characteristic of our age that if people want any gods at all, they want them to be gods who do not demand much, comfortable gods, smooth gods who not only don’t rock the boat but don’t even row it, gods who pat us on the head, make us giggle, then tell us to run along and pick marigolds.”

I pray that we all will be able to approach God with a better willingness to know who God is, vs. making him in our own image.

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