i've had this quote running through my mind so much lately, two different converstations and sarah's psalm have me thinking about this quote. i don't remember it standing out to me when i've read mere christianity, but it hit me hard during this year's NYWC with the theme 'renovatus'. it was read by mike yaconelli, marko and tic during the opening general session.
God the builder
"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of -- throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace."
(C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)