Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"Is He safe?"

One of my favorite authors of all time is C.S. Lewis. His writing speaks and challenges me like no other. Recently, I started reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with my oldest son. (and he's hooked, btw) Today we got to one of my favorite parts. What's so funny is that Z was asking some of the questions that I was about to read... only before I got to it.. "Who is Aslan?" "What's he like?" "Is he a man?"

This part of the story gives me chills each time...

" 'Then is he safe?' said Lucy. 'Safe?' said Mr. Beaver. 'Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you?' Who said anything about safe? Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King I tell you.' ' I'm longing to see him,' said Peter, 'even if I do feel frightened when it comes to the point.'"

I needed to read this today. I've been struggling as reality sets in, the house gets emptier and emptier, and the letting go begins... I've found myself thinking "Are we crazy? I'm pretty sure we are crazy" I've found myself longing to just be "normal" and live a "respectable, stable, and secure life." Afterall, that's the "right" thing... huh?

BUT "Who said anything about safe?"
Following our Jesus will certainly bring about the exact opposite of what we strive for. Our God isn't safe. He doesn't promise safe... He is full of adventures that bring about His ultimate purpose and glory... and sometimes that means we aren't "safe."

"Taste, and see that the Lord is good." That's an invitation to COME and SEE for yourself... take action...

As we experience God... we step out of our "safe zone" into an amazing adventure that allows us to see that, indeed, He is GOOD.

And, oh... I so want to be like Peter... I LONG to see God... to see Him "on the move" in a powerful way... even if I'm frightened a little... ok... a lot. ;)



  1. What a great reminder. Reminds me of 1 Peter 4:19, "Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will, entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good."

    May we entrust our souls to our faithful Creator.

  2. Love that quote. We are just a few chapters behind you (reading it aloud to my kids). I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Chronicles of Narnia!!!

  3. Wow, I needed this today. Thank you for sharing. :)

  4. Love this post! I adore Narnia and love reading and re-reading those books. Sometimes you just have step forward with faith (like Lucy following Aslan in Prince Caspian when no one else can see him and where he is leading) and trust in what He says and follow wherever He leads us :)

  5. Thanks for sharing this Mitz! I'm really struggling right now with wanting to be "safe" vs. really trusting God with my life and my family. What a shining example you and yours are to me. I pray for you guys A LOT! Love you!

  6. I have always LOVED that line in the book too!! Too many want to make God into a purring kitten. :)