‘Bout time I wrote again. Ok, this week I was discussing the movie Prince Caspian with my brother and we were sharing various scenes we liked. One that we both agreed was a good one was Lucy facing the oncoming army by herself, unsheathing her dagger apparently very alone…only to be backed up by the great lion himself, Aslan. Of course, for those of you who may not know, Aslan, in the world of Narnia represents Christ.
This scene reminded me of my favorite one in the book Prince Caspian that happened between Aslan and Lucy. Lucy was the only Pevensie that saw the great lion on the return trip, and she told the others, but they would not believe her when she tried to get them to follow. Later, Lucy awakens and makes her way to Aslan, unbeknownst to the others…here’s their conversation.
“… You have work in hand, and much time has been lost today.”
“Yes, wasn’t it a shame?” said Lucy. “I saw you all right. They wouldn’t believe me. They’re all so—” From somewhere deep inside Aslan’s body there came the faintest suggestion of a growl. “I’m sorry,” said Lucy, who understood some of his moods. “I didn’t mean to start slanging the others. But it wasn’t my fault anyway, was it?”
The Lion looked straight into her eyes.
“Oh, Aslan,” said Lucy. “You don’t mean it was? How could I – I couldn’t have left the others and come up to you alone, how could I? Don’t look at me like that… oh well, I suppose I could. Yes, and it wouldn’t have been alone, I know, not if I was with you. But what would have been the good?” Aslan said nothing.
“You mean,” said Lucy rather faintly, “that it would have turned out all right – somehow? But how? 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.”
“Do you mean that is what you want me to do?” gasped Lucy.
“Yes, little one,” said Aslan.
“Will the others see you too?” asked Lucy.
“Certainly not at first,” said Aslan. “Later on, it depends.”
“But they won’t believe me!” said Lucy.
“It doesn’t matter,” said Aslan.
Following Christ isn’t easy. That’s a big “duh” for most of us who’ve been following for awhile. And while many may read the above and chastise both Lucy and the example of being childish, if they are honest, they will admit that sometimes we don’t follow Christ when we should because we are afraid of what others may think, or of stepping out on our own, or feeling embarrassed or foolish. Well, we should get over it…easier said than done.
Bravery. What makes something brave? Is it the absence of fear? By no means. Bravery is being afraid and doing something anyway. Is there a parallel of Lucy’s experience in scripture? Sure…with life on the line, only in this case the person in question followed Christ in spite of everyone else abandoning him. Here’s Paul in 2 Timothy;
2 Timothy 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. 17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear:
Following Christ means listening for His voice and His commands and then listening to that voice when the time comes, and then, finally, doing what you’re told. Sometimes we will have others backing us up; family, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, whoever…but sometimes no one believes us, or they have a fear of feeling foolish or looking silly…or maybe people’s very lives will be on the line. We should follow Christ no matter what others are doing (again, easier said, but it can be done). And, we never follow Him alone, because He’s with us even if no one else is. Christ stood with Paul when no one else would, and He’ll stand with us, and strengthen us as we attempt to follow Him.