Thursday, September 8, 2016

how we can time travel

Lewis tells us something very profound today. He says that we can time travel, which keeps us from believing all of the nonsense that the world tells us today. He tells us this in today's reading from A Year with C.S. Lewis.

We know that we can travel FORWARD in time. We're doing it now, this very minute. We're traveling one second at a time into the future. And, if we can find a way to go to sleep... or to freeze ourselves... and then wake up later, then BOOM! We have traveled into the future.

But we've never been able to crack how to travel backward in time. But Lewis tells us that in a very real sense, we travel back in time every time we read something. In fact, you're traveling back in time right now as you read this. Because I wrote it in the past. So it's like you're listening to something I'm saying either a few minutes ago or a few hours ago or maybe even days ago. Pretty cool, huh?

And Lewis is right. By traveling back and forth through time, reading the lies and truths from various times in history, we learn what both sound like. We learn to distinguish lies from truth. We learn that the lies don't change very much from one generation to another, and the truth doesn't change at all. So let's travel through time (and space) by reading as often as we can. Let's learn (like we just did, from C.S. Lewis, who lived between 1898 and 1963) from those in the past, who figured things out so we don't have to.

Thank You, God, for teaching us truth and how to find it... today and yesterday.