Readers of C.S. Lewis's beloved series, The Chronicles of Narnia will appreciate this blog. I fell in love with the Chronicles of Narnia series as a child and that love inspired my reading and how i viewed the world. I was humbled this last June to release my own book, "Heroes of Faith", in which i was able to use an exert from The Horse and His Boy, my favorite book in the collection. The series chronicles the tales that take place in the magical land of Narnia and how several children from real world England are called to the land by Aslan, the King lion, to help save the land and lead the people and talking animals. In the very end we see a new Narnia created and the old one destroyed. The series parallels the Christian faith.
In the books there were always 3 character that stuck out to me the most.
The first is Lucy Pevensie, one of the first 4 children into Narnia. In the 2nd book, "Prince Caspian", she has a real time moment in which she believes she has seen Aslan and he is calling them to follow a different path than Peter is inclined to. Having not seen him, the other 3 siblings and a dwarf disregard Lucy's plea to follow. But Queen Lucy simple says that, "We ought to follow Him."
The second character is found in The Horse and His Boy, the 5th book. in this book we follow the tale of Bree the horse. At first he appears to be a mute horse, used simply for the Telmarine General. But as he teams up with a young boy named Shasta and later a Tarkeena named Aravis and her horse Hwin, we learn he is a talking horse of Narnia. (as is Hwin). My favorite part is when they try to explain their ability to talk to the children. Bree simply says,
"We're free Narnians, Hwin and I, and I suppose, if you're running away to Narnia you want to be one too. In that case Hwin isn't your horse any longer. One might just as well say you're her human.”
The third character is found in the 6th book, "The Silver Chair". His name is Puddleglum, and he is a Marshwiggle. In this installment of the chronicles, an evil Emerald Queen has enchanted an underworld to seem like it is the reality and has held captive many Narnians. As Puddleglum journeys with two human children into her realm, she entices them with her magic and attempts to make them believe that Narnia and Aslan are they myth, not her. But brave Puddleglum, so far out of his home and security, stand ups timidly but with conviction and says,
"Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things.....Then all i can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones.... That's why i'm going to stand by the play-world. I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as i can even if there isn't any Narnia."
As a child reading these books they were great entertainment and like i said, i drew allot of my opinions from them. But as an adult, "living as like a Narnian" as i can, has a whole new meaning.
"Living like a Narnian"
1. I'm to follow Aslan (Jesus) because He has a plan for me.
2. I am free to make my own decisions, and experience my own pain and joy.
3. We have no time to doubt as Christians. We must believe even when the odds seem against us.
-Love is Patient. Love is Kind.-
One of the deepest longings of humans i believe is the need to commune and fellowship with each other. We were created on purpose as beings who crave interaction and the gratification of social interaction. In most of today's social realms this is healthy and appropriate. Church, work, sidelines at a soccer game, musical events, dinners, meetings, ect...
But everyone has a story inside of them that is so private and so personal to allow others to hear. And yet it's the one thing we want to share the most in these settings. Some have carried this story for decades, others for several years. Some are tragic, riddled with horrifying and humiliating details about what humanity can do. Others are simply a sense of greater purpose but the lack of surety creates such an intense fear of the unknown that dormancy seems the adequate response.
So how do we proceed from here. Will we continue to be the silent individuals who are comfortable with the safety of silence, but longing for the sound of intimate dialogue>? Or will we come to a realization that our story may be what someone else needs to hear, what they have been praying for and maybe in the process of sharing, we can heal more than one persons agony>?
-Love is Patient. Love is Kind.-
"She is standing on the line between giving up and seeing how much more she can take."
I think we can all relate at some point in our lives to being somewhere on that line. You go through Life so diligently, planning everything out and making preparations to meet all the deadlines, dodging all the obstacles and putting out the fires. Then you look up and your on this cliff. It has a rickety foot bridge going across in a line,......but do you dare take any more steps forward?
And in that moment you feel trapped, alone, in a room without lights. And even though the path is clearly laid out for you and you have been preparing for this, you second guess everything you have gone through to get here.
But then that still, sure voice that lives within, bursts forth with confidence, "Would i ask you to step across if i hadn't already seen the other side?"
Many times recently i have been at this line. Not knowing why or how i came to it. I did everything right to prepare myself for this. Maybe this is you as well.
So now what are we going to do? The next steps are uncomfortable, they require a breakdown of self pride, and they are just not part of OUR plans..,............................................................. (that still, sure voice is laughing now!)
"God pushes us through our fears to strengthen our Faith."
-Love is Patient. Love is Kind-