Saturday, November 12, 2011

Roaring Lessons

“I am sad and lonely.
Lay your hands on my mane
so that I can feel you are there
and let us walk like that.”
Aslan, from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

It wasn't until my advanced years that I became a fan & semi-resident of Narnia.  I don't know what, exactly, it was about that place that compelled me, but I do know that I recognized Aslan right away.   At first the sight & sound of him scared me like nothing in this world had ever scared me before.  Then, once he beckoned me to lay my hand upon his mane, all dread diminished.   

I come-and-go from Narnia at will now, though I've found a way in and out that doesn't require a wardrobe.   I wish I could say I live there but, alas, that's not possible yet.  Aslan's kingdom, the whole of it, is yet to come.  Thus I enter & exit in great anticipation of that day. 

May I also say that the lion's roar has new meaning these days.   Long a National Geographic fan, I have seen enough Serengeti tales to know that lion's connote danger, complete with visions of sharp fangs & stalking predators.  Not so in my mind's eye.  To me, their roar serves to remind me of Aslan's power - power that will one day vanquish every true marauder; power that protects me in ways I cannot possibly fathom this side of Narnia.

The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man,
He shall stir up jealousy like a man of war:
He shall cry, yea, roar; He shall prevail against his enemies.
Isaiah 42:13

The LORD shall roar from on high,
and utter his voice from his holy habitation
Jeremiah 25:30

The LORD also shall roar out of Zion,
 and utter his voice from Jerusalem;
and the heavens and the earth shall shake:
but the LORD will be the hope of his people,
and the strength of the children of Israel.
Joel 3:16

What joy it is to count Narnia as my Homeland, and Aslan my King Who roars.

Once a king or queen of Narnia,
always a king or queen.
May your wisdom grace us until the stars
rain down from the heavens.
Aslan, from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe


RCUBEs said...

And the Bible made it clear:

"That every knee shall bow, every tongue will confess...Jesus is Lord!"

The Lion of Judah!

Denise said...

I enjoyed this post, I am also a great Asian fan.

Pain to Purpose said...

I read the Chronicles of Narnia as a child and then again as an adult. I enjoyed it more as an adult!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Sometimes in my quiet moments, I contemplate some of the things God uses in this world to speak His message, and draw in His people, and I do think one of those would be "The Chronicles of Narnia". Only God is wise enough to come up with a series like this to speak His message. Who would have thought! I read these books to my daughters ofter over the years, and discovered new things each time. Someday, God will show us even more truths in this series. Well written!