In Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace are in a bedroom looking at a framed picture of a ship on the ocean, hung on their wall. As they continue to gaze, the picture opens up and frames a life of its own as the waters flow right out of it and into the room. The waters rise around them and whoosh…they are swept into the picture and find themselves in a great ocean, facing the ship. Taken into the life of the picture, a great adventure in Narnia begins.
As I prayed this morning on how to focus this week in blogging, I kept seeing this video clip play out in my head. It’s a one-minute clip and if you can, please watch it. It’s a great prophetic encouragement for our lives today.
Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
While gazing at the picture, Lucy went beyond just observation, entering into its life as waves of rushing water came into their room. Life rushed in and they were swept up into a great adventure, quite outside their comfort zones.
How does this translate to my own life, now?
I look at a picture of my life, framed within the context of my experiences and adventures so far. I walk past it. I admire it. I glance at it. One day, I stop and stand, gazing at it with open eyes. I see many things; often one-dimensional fears or disappointments that prevented flow. I even see dreams that were once dynamic but now are just static and unmoving. Yet, slowly, as I continue to gaze, going beyond fearful observation, something is moving within the picture of my life.
With any great work of art, to appreciate its beauty I must go beyond observation and gaze at it with new perspective. That which I gaze upon transforms me. I should look with new eyes enlightened by Holy Spirit. I continue to gaze and things seem to be moving right before my eyes. Hope is rising. Risk is at the forefront and some decisions will be made right at that moment. Believe and receive.
The lines and the colors shift, moving to form new realities amidst heavenly possibilities. Do I enter into the possibility in flow or observe at a distance in predictability? The choice is mine and the choice is yours today.
God frames our life with beauty and design, with color and creativity. We are His masterpiece.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)
Our lives are framed within His possibilities and His possibilities are endless and limitless in Christ. As I gaze at this framed picture from a renewed perspective as a new creation in Christ, I realize that I must enter into my life, not stand and look at it from afar. I must let the picture of my life flow out of the confined place that I display it and simply enter into deep waters.
Who knows where they will lead? When swept up into the picture, there is glorious adventure. I am not meant to observe my life through a frame that limits and restricts the very life of Christ that wants to flow in me through the Holy Spirit.
Today is the day. In fact, 2015 is and will be an extraordinary year. When our eyes are open to see the living and moving life of Christ flowing through us, in us, towards us…we have two options – resist or flow with Him, moving in a wave of glory.
I don’t live in the clouds, unaware of what real life is all about. I am always aware of life’s limitations and impossibilities but I am seated in heavenly places and so I live from that perspective, in freedom and Holy Spirit flow. Eternity flows through my life here on earth as I am in Christ.
Today, let’s not be so quick to glance at our lives, believing the lies that speak to us like this: It is what it is. It’ll never change. Don’t even try to dream. Be practical. Blah, blah, blah…
Gaze upon your life and know that Christ is in YOU and ME…now. In union with Him, I can do all things. So today, just start believing a little at a time. Gaze upon the framed picture of your life, set in place by what appears to be limitations. Look closely at what is moving and living. See where He wants to take you. Dream again. Believe again. Enter into the journey.