C.S. Lewis is one of my favourite authors, his narratives are engaging and thought provoking so I was thrilled when I came across C.S. Lewis Readings for Reflection and Meditation by Walter Hooper in a thrift store for $1.00.
The first excerpt that Walter Hooper provides is from The Silver Chair. We read this story to our children on one of our many vacations and then later purchased the collection of books on audio tapes and listened again while we travelled. Here is part of the excerpt from Hooper's book.
“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 Silver Chair Chapter 2 (pg 19)
As God`s children we desire to draw near to drink from the never-ending river called love and to understand ourselves through God`s wisdom – to know ourselves as God knows us.
At the same time we are afraid to approach because we know we will be forever changed by the experience. This change is something that we both desire and fear at the same time.
So we attempt to approach surreptitiously hoping that being near to the shadow of God will be enough to satisfy our desire without losing ourselves totally.
And like Jill we must acknowledge God is everywhere at all times, there is only God`s river and only one way to know ourselves and that is through God`s love.
Proverbs 28:1The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
It is only through knowing ourselves as children of God are we bold and so like Aslan in C S Lewis's stories God is both gentle and firm with us. There is only one river and only one way to know who we truly are -- it is through God`s love and wisdom and we can only surrender and drink from the river in God`s presence.
These are my thoughts and ruminations. I have provided them not as a truth they are here for your consideration – to open a dialogue.
Hooper, W. (1992). C.S. Lewis Readings for Reflection and Meditation. Great Britain: Fount Paperbacks.