There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to him and bad when it turns from him.
C S Lewis, The Great Divorce
I love the simple truth of this quote. It’s black and white. Only God is truly good.
I recently finished reading The Great Divorce, a challenging, vivid and at times, harrowing story of what it might be like when we face God. In the book, every character who arrives in heaven still has something or someone they are holding onto from this life. And most of them can’t let go – to the extent that they would prefer to return to hell.
It feels uncomfortable to say that the entire creation is good when it looks to God and bad when it turns from him, but then, often truth is painful. God’s not exactly interested in what sounds nice. He’s on about redeeming souls – those who turn to him.
Am I fully turned towards God?
What do I need to let go of?