If you’ve never read the classic children’s series by C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia, then today is a great day to start.
I can’t think of a better summer read than working through this seven book series while sitting on the beach, rocking in a chair on your porch, or en route to a vacation destination than this timeless and always heartening storytelling wonder.
Lest you think you are too old to read about Narnians…let me assure you, you are not. No one is. In fact, in Narnia…adults are quite frankly too little to travel there.
Too little imagination.
Too little trust.
Too little faith.
Too little courage.
It’s the children who see things that matter most clearly.
They recognize who to turn to when life gets so hard that when you can’t stand it anymore…they know enough to kneel…without hesitation. Sans pride. With no shame.
Just to get you started…here’s a brief excerpt from Book Two, Prince Caspian.
She (Lucy) rushed to him. She felt her heart would burst if she lost a moment. And the next thing she knew was that she was kissing him and putting her arms as far round his neck as she could and burying her face in the beautiful rich silkiness of his mane.
“Aslan, Aslan. Dear Aslan,” sobbed Lucy. “At last.”
The great beast rolled over on his side so that Lucy fell, half sitting and half lying between his front paws. He bent forward and just touched her nose with his tongue. His warm breath came all round her. She gazed up into the large wise face.
“Welcome, child,” he said.
“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”
“That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
Since I am convinced that as we journey through life the road gets steeper and steeper…I am similarly convinced that I need God to grow bigger and bigger too. I also know that in order for that to happen…I must come to Him as a child and bury my head and heart into His mane just like Lucy did. And, like our little fictional heroine, I too, will discover how big, and wide, and deep, is the love of God toward me.