Continuing with thoughts from Perelandra… here is something I’ve been meaning to share for a few weeks. The way I have been spending my time has not lent itself much to reading and with school coming I must make time to read, but probably not this great book.
As you may know, Ransom spent the first book of the “space trilogy” on a planet called Malacandra- which we know as Mars. It is his and our introduction to life on other planets. While he is there, he becomes close with a particular “tribe” of beings. He learns their language and their ways which serve to be part of the reason he is commissioned to take another trip in the second book….
Anyway, so this line stood out to me. For the first part of the second book, Ransom is finding his way alone on Perelandra. He is learning how to walk and eat and be on this floating world for quite a while before he encounters another intelligent being. His thoughts of this time remind me of coming back to Colorado (you know, after the depression started to drain out).
“It was strange that the utter loneliness through all these hours had not troubled him so much as one night of it on Malacandra. He thought the difference lay in this, that mere chance, or what he took for chance, had turned him adrift on Mars, but here he knew that he was part of a plan. He was no longer unattached, no longer an outsider.”
Purpose is a powerful thing. It can make all the difference in the world when things become difficult. The way that you live and think is utterly effected by your answer to the question “Why am I (are we) here?”. Why do I work at this job? Why do I live in this place?
The biggest and most damaging lie is that we don’t matter, that our actions effect no one (for good or bad) and that we have no purpose.
This is simply not true. We were created first to be in a relationship with God- to know Him. To me that seems like a big enough job all by itself, but after that we are created to be in relationship with each other. To love and be loved.
Every day we have the opportunity to walk in purpose… to walk in love. And this, by God’s real and overflowing grace through Jesus.
We are no longer unattached, no longer outsiders.