Daily Encouragement: Day 273

Adapted from: Handbook to Spiritual Growth


In his essay “Meditation in a Toolshed,” C.S. Lewis depicted the difference between looking at a beam of light and looking along the beam.

As he entered a dark toolshed, he could see nothing but a sunbeam that came from a crack at the top of the door. At first, he looked at the shaft of light with thousands of specks of dust floating in it, but then he did something most of us have done at one time or another. He moved until the beam fell on his eyes, and at that moment, the toolshed and the sunbeam vanished. Looking along the beam, he saw green leaves moving on the branches of a tree outside, and beyond that, the sun itself. Perspective makes all the difference.

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