C. S. Lewis: God’s Will

Right now I’m reading C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.  I know, I know, I should have read this one a long time ago, but at least I’m reading it now.  I’m really enjoying it, even though I’m so busy with school that I only get moments here and there to read, so it’s taking me forever to finish it.

Anyways, I found an interesting passage that really resonates with me.  It’s about God’s Will, and how it is possible that everything happens according to God’s Will, even though we have free will.  This has always been something that I’ve had a little trouble wrapping my head around, but in Book 2, Chapter 3 (“The Shocking Alternative”), C. S. Lewis reasons through this in a way that makes it sound so simple:

But anyone who has been in authority knows how a thing can be in accordance with your will in one way and not in another.  It might be quite sensible for a mother to say to the children, ‘I’m not going to go and make you tidy the schoolroom every night.  You’ve got to learn to keep it tidy on your own.’  Then she goes up one night and finds the Teddy bear and the ink and the French Grammar all lying in the grate.  That is against her will.  She would prefer the children to be tidy.  But on the other hand, it is her will which has left the children free to be untidy.  The same thing arises in any regiment, or trade union, or school.  You make a thing voluntary and then half the people do not do it.  That is not what you willed, but your will has made it possible.

Why didn’t I think of it that way before?!