Monday, June 27, 2011

He was between me and the edge all the time.

Giulian and I begun awhile ago reading through The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis for the very first time. We're about half way through and one section from the installment The Horse and His Boy has run through my mind continuously since then. Do you have those thoughts? Certain ones over the course of your life that replay in your mind over and over throughout your years. I was just chatting with my neighbor about a crazy event in her life that displayed God's sovereignty, and I was reminded again of the following scene.

The main character Shasta, finds himself separated from the rest of the pack who's riding on horseback to alert Narnia of an imminent attack. He knows where to go but can't find his way because of the deep fog that's set in. Then it happens. For the very first time he is encountered by the mysterious lion Aslan who then proceeds to tell him the purpose of Shasta's life journey. His nervousness ceased and a "new and different sort of trembling came over him. Yet he felt glad too." After a long while of walking and talking, the scene closes:

Instantly, the pale brightness of the mist and the fiery brightness of the Lion rolled themselves together into a swirling glory and gathered themselves up and disappeared. He was alone with the horse on a grassy hillside under a blue sky.

In the next chapter we follow Shasta as he and the army are crossing back over the mountain and we see a dramatic shift in Shasta's normally nervous, self-centered attitude:

The hillside path which they were following became narrower all the time and the drop on their right hand became steeper. At last they were going in single file along the edge of a precipice and Shasta shuddered to think that he had done the same last night without knowing it. "But of course," he thought, "I was quite safe. That is why the Lion kept on my left. He was between me and the edge all the time."

"He was between me and the edge all the time." This is our life my friends. We think we've got it all together, but we don't. We are one step away from peril without the kind, keeping mercy of the sovereign God of the Universe. And for that, I am SO thankful.


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