Learning from Aslan


Duncan’s point about Jesus looking not at failures, but at futures reminded me of this incident from the Narnia Chronciles:

At one point in Prince Caspian, the Pevensie children are on an arduous journey through Narnia when Lucy is convinced she sees Aslan in the distance, beckoning them to change direction, to go up and join him. But the others are blind to Aslan’s presence, and so they all continue on their arduous journey, Lucy crying bitterly, until they find themselves under arrow-fire, and are forced to make a heart-breaking retreat.

That night, awakening in the forest, Lucy hears the lion calling her. Making her way to him she is confronted with the fact that even though the others refused to believe he was there, she herself could have left them and made her way to him, and that somehow, if she had had the courage to do this, everything would have turned out for the good. ‘But how?’ asks Lucy. ’Please Aslan! Am I not to know?’ ‘To know what would have happened, child?’ said Aslan. ‘No. Nobody is ever told that.’ ‘Oh dear,’ said Lucy. ‘But anyone can find out what will happen,’ said Aslan. ‘If you go back to the others now, and wake them up; and tell them you have seen me again; and that you must all get up at once and follow me – what will happen? There is only one way of finding out.’

And my clearer-seeing days have been driven by a longing to find out ‘what will happen.’

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