Aslan and Me: My Story In This Story – More About C.S. Lewis

Here’s a story from C.S. Lewis that captured my attention yesterday. In its simplicity, there is a depth of revelation.

“Are you not thirsty?” said the Lion.
“I’m dying of thirst,” said Jill.
“Then drink,” said the Lion.
“May I-could I-would you mind going away while I do!” said Jill.
The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.

The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.
“Will you promise not to-do anything to me, if I do come?” said Jill.
“I make no promise,” said the Lion.
Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.

“Do you eat girls?” she said.
“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and me, kings and emperors, cities and realms,” said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, not as if it was sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill.

“They you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.
“Oh dear!” said Jill, coming another step nearer.
“I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”
“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.
(Lewis, The Silver Chair, 17.)

1093249228_9cfdce9b84_zAt times, I’m like Jill. Are you?

This story resonates with every fiber of my being. Seeking to know Jesus, there are times and seasons that He orchestrates the narrative of my life so intricately to bring me face to face with Him.

I thirst to drink deeply of His presence leading me to His stream of life. There it is – but there He is, seeming to block my way to the very place He leads me. I can’t get to the stream unless I surrender to a greater, larger, deeper, multifaceted revelation of who He is. Up close at this moment, He is quite different. A lion of power, majesty and might, He stirs fear in me on every level.

Why is that? Have I, all this time, imagined Jesus to be something less than who He really is? Does my paradigm of life create a Jesus that is agreeable to my own limited understanding? I know a kind Jesus, a loving Jesus. Yes, He is all those qualities and more. A lamb that was slain, meek and gentle.

But standing before me is not the lamb, but the lion. It is the lion that stirs this fear in me. A lion that presents Himself in an unwavering stance, immovable.

He is not who I expected.

My heart is laid bare as I must choose to trust and surrender to get to the source of my thirst. Is He withholding from me? Playing some great trick on me?

Here goes my back and forth dialogue with Him.

“Can I trust you to be gentle and kind as I draw near? You won’t hurt me, right?” I ask.

His answer is still the same. “I make no promise.”

What kind of God is this?

I want to go forward but I wait a bit in case He changes His mind and opens up another way for me. That doesn’t happen because there is no way around this in this season.

Have I not said that I wanted to know Him? How did I actually think that would work out? Did I believe that He would bend to the imaginings of my own heart? Did I desire a God fashioned in my own image?

I believe I wanted a lamb but at this moment there is a lion.

It is time to get past myself, my own illusions about Jesus, created in my own mind.

What is my choice standing in this place? I am not backed into a corner forced to make a decision. Forced love is really no love. I am free walk forward or free to turn and run. His love for me remains with either choice.

He created this path for me because I cried out for more. I can’t go back now.

He is not a tame lion. If I did not know His love, I may just run or faint but I will do neither. I will enter this path and face this revelation head on.

I will trust, surrender and obey. There is no other way.

Debra

In Christ,
Debra

Rivers of Eden Ministry

Aslan Is Not A Tame Lion – C.S. Lewis, Imagination, and Creativity

What better place for God to lead me in my study on imagination than right into the life of C.S. Lewis? I can’t tell you how many times I watch The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe every year. When Aslan confronts the White Witch with a simple roar that sends her reeling, I love it beyond measure and find myself rising up victoriously in my spirit.

So are some thoughts, musings, and quotes about Terry Glaspey’s book, C.S. Lewis – His Life & Thought.

 “The figure of Aslan tells us more about how Lewis understood the nature of God than anything else he wrote. It has all His hidden power and majesty and awesomeness which Lewis associated with God, but also His glory and tenderness and even the humor which He believed belonged to Him, so that children could run up to Him and throw their arms around Him and kiss Him.” Dom Bede Griffiths

C.S. Lewis used the power of image stirring the imagination to run wild. His own imagination along with humor and creativity,all  invested in Biblical truth, still ministers to people of all ages. His passion  in telling an old story, still introduces many to God. Brilliant in theology and apologetics, He did not only rely on the preached word in a formal setting to convey Biblical truth. He used His imagination.

This journey into informed imagination is something I simply can’t get away from at this time. Each day I am challenged to explore it more and more and to begin to write more in a creative way. Let’s see what transpires over time.

What sets Lewis apart from Christian philosophers and theologians, and allows him to speak so effectively to so many varied people, is his ability to communicate in a way that is creatively compelling as well as intellectually satisfying. Lewis demonstrates the power of the imagination, which has been captured for the cause of truth. (Glaspey pg. 179)

The power of imagination in writing so as to convey Biblical truth.  Lord, can I please play my part in this in some small way?

In Narnia, Lewis addressed the child in all of us. As I have said before, I see that many disdain the simplicity of this approach. Have you ever just hung around in the background on Facebook when people get involved in heavy theological discussion?  I was only a fly on the wall as I looked down the thread. What I saw was quite often arrogance and pride. It made me think about my childhood growing up strict Catholic where the Bible sat on our coffee table, BUT we were taught to never presume to read it with any understanding. Just let the priests interpret it all for us. Has it changed today? Not always.

The simplicity of childlike faith enjoined with imagination, creativity, storytelling, art, music…will draw people to Jesus Christ.

Jesus was and is a storyteller. In my own intimate times of worship and prayer, I can’t recall Jesus ever getting into a theological discussion with me. Generally it is through image and creative words, pictures and visions. It is in the walking with Him that He reveals Himself to me creatively. His life forms in my own life’s narrative as I live, move and have my being in Him.

As I look back on my Christian life, I see it is precisely at the moments when I continually release my life into His hands, following the leading of Holy Spirit, that He beckons me to take a walk with Him. In childlike faith, I accompany Him on a supernatural adventure and journey. As Bertie Brits always says on Facebook, there is much to say on this. Keep following.

Debra

In Christ, Debra

Rivers of Eden Ministry

Gazing At a Picture and Whoosh, Swept Into Its Life

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.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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