Patricia Hofer

CS Lewis: God “is not hurried along” in a flowing stream of time.

CS Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity: “God is not hurried along in the Time-stream of this universe any more than an author is hurried along in the imaginary time of his own novel. He has infinite attention to spare for each one of us.” (“Time and Beyond Time” 131)
Sometimes I think that the evolutionary nature’s best weapon is time. Along with the circadian rhythm, we must constantly be seeking the next moment’s food, the next night’s shelter and the next footprint we’ll leave on the planet. Perhaps even worse, we feel the stress of this “biological clock” ticking away inside us, pressuring us into some of our biggest distress. …Yielding is about falling back into the present moment. Abandoning self frees us from its evolutionary drumbeat of time so that we are no longer living in the “next-hour now” or the “next-day now.” As Lewis wrote, God has “infinite attention” for us because He “is not hurried along” in a flowing stream of time. And, in God’s eyes, neither are we. We aren’t going anywhere! To embrace that is to fall into timeless, slow moving moments, moments of communion with Him. (Driving into the Dawn, chapter 58)

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