children already know from previous experience that Aslan is not a “safe”
lion. They have also learned that he is not predictable or controllable. The air
of Narnia “works” on the children enabling them to “mature” again into
“adults”—and strengthening them for the task to which they have been
In this unconventional way Aslan wins the battle for Narnia and in the same way He wins the battle in our world. Just look at what is engraved on Dustin’s sword—“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit…”
is a world beyond our vision…a world that we can only enter if we dare to
entertain impossible possibilities. In
The Chronicles of Narnia we are invited into this invisible world. In entering, we embark upon an inner journey to find out who
we are and what we can do. (To
quote Pink Panther!)
see ourselves in the different children or characters as they make good or bad
choices and consequently we face difficult realities about ourselves.
Sometimes those realities can be dark, violent, and almost unbearable
but, if we choose to face these things, we will find out some pretty interesting
and exciting things about ourselves along the way.
deep questions of life cannot be answered on the surface.
We can only hope to experience resolution to the troubles and stress of
living in this world as we open up to a deeper reality.
Our peace in this world depends largely upon our willingness to embrace
the possibility of realities that transcend this world.
(The transcendent cause? Sound
familiar?) In The Narnia Chronicles, C.S. Lewis invites us to
embrace this possibility.
Narnian journey takes us beyond our five senses into a land of mystery, wonder,
and “magic.” To refuse to
enter upon this inner journey is to never find our true selves or discover the
best in us—to fall back into endless winter and never step into the spring
that is eternity. CS Lewis said,
be sure, it feels wintry enough still: but often in the very early spring it
feels like that…the spring comes down slowly down this way; but the great
thing is that the corner has been turned. There
is, of course, this difference, that in the natural spring the crocus cannot
choose whether it will respond or not. We can. We have
the power either of withstanding the spring, and sinking back into the cosmic
winter, or of going on into these ‘high mid-summer pomps’ in which our
leader, the Son of Man, already dwells, and to which he is calling us. It remains with us to follow or not, to die in this winter,
or to go on into that spring and that summer.”
the end, though, the inner journey is about knowing God.
Remember what Lucy sobbed out to Aslan? "It isn't Narnia, you know.
It's you. We shan't meet you there. And how can we live never meeting you?"
Of course Aslan told them that He is in our world too. "But there I have
another name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by
knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there."
And that, really, is what Narnia is all about—to teach us about this inner journey that we can take with Aslan. Isn’t it great?!?!!
just finished reading The Silver Chair. Of
all the things that CS Lewis talks about in this great book, guess what I
noticed the most? Temptation.
bet you could give me a few examples if I was quizzing you.
is tempted to show off and not to trust Aslan…
and Jill are tempted to quarrel with each other and do…
is just some of the obvious ones.
of them in Narnia was tempted in different ways. Can you think of ways that you have been tempted?
Why was the witch’s seduction and enchantment so powerful?
What was her strength?
was so powerful that she held Rilian and the gnomes for many years. But it is so
curious to me that she was so relatively easily killed once the truth was
exposed! It seems that her
great power was mostly in her deception... her lies.
(Remember? There is no
sun….there is no Narnia…there is no Alsan…)
really didn’t have much power over them outside of that.
She was a paper tiger, just like satan, that really didn’t have any
power at all, except in her lies.
did they attempt to overcome her enchantment?
Rilian couldn’t do it by himself could he? He tried to overcome the spell by crying out for help…he
needed others to help him. And even
all of them together couldn’t overcome her could they? They tried to overcome her by speaking the truth about Narnia,
about the sun and about Aslan….right? But
sometimes we need even a little bit more motivation than the truth.
How did Puddleglum finally overcome the green witch’s enchantment that just about got them? Do you remember what Puddleglum did? He stamped the coals with his bare feet! And in the end it was pain that broke the spell. Lewis says that the pain itself made Puddleglums head perfectly clear. Unfortunately a lot of times pain is what it takes for us to break free from satan’s lies.
course, burnt Marshwiggle is not at all an enchanting smell either!!!
Puddleglum told the witch off (which didn’t make her happy!
But totally brought everyone else around!) in one of my favorite quotes
in the book:
suppose we have only dreamed and made up these things like sun, sky, stars, and
moon, and Aslan himself. In that case, it seems to me that the made-up things
are a good deal better than the real ones. And if this black pit of a kingdom is
the best you can make, then it's a poor world. And we four can make a dream
world to lick your real one hollow. As for me, I shall live like a Narnian even
if there isn't any Narnia. So thank you very much for supper. We're going to
leave your court at once and make our way across your great darkness to search
for our land above!"
Silver Chair is an amazing and wonderful story and a Christian classic.
No child should miss reading it. It
teaches the truth about satan in ways that most other books can’t.
Isn’t Narnia absolutely awesome?!?!!!!