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.-