♣ Never the Same Way Twice
“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.”
For a time she was so happy that she did not want to speak. But Aslan spoke.
“Lucy,” he said, “we must not lie here for long. 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.
“Oh dear, oh dear,” said Lucy. “And I was so pleased at finding you again. And I thought you’d let me stay. And I thought you’d come roaring in and frighten all the enemies away – like last time. And now everything is going to be horrid.”
“It is hard for you, little one,” said Aslan. “But things never happen the same way twice. It has been hard for us all in Narnia before now.”
(From ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’ by C.S. Lewis)
“…things never happen the same way twice…”
THE FICTION WORLD of Narnia is based on Reality, a Reality greater than anyone’s imaginative storytelling. These are great narratives put together by an ingenious mind and we all derive some comfort in this world of magic that reminds us of the greatest Power that aids us in a dark world, a Power that has already won the victory and beckons us to walk such a road to a promised and eternal joyful destination.
For those of us who have read or seen the film, ‘Prince Caspian’, there is no doubt we can all relate to Lucy’s hopeful expectancy of Aslan once again making his majestic appearance known to overthrow a cruel despotism, but things don’t happen the same way, especially in the realm of Spirit-born faith.
Each trial encountered entails a different level unfamiliar to the Christian, likewise with the means and way of deliverance. If our trials were exactly the same, our growth in conforming to the image of Jesus Christ would be stunted and our faith, to the glory of His name, would not increase. Faith is not guessing how God will work; it is a persuasion that He will work wonders beyond our understanding. Faith is knowing that with God nothing is impossible. Our tribulation in this world is an opening door to behold the wonder-working power of God.
As with every snow flake that differs from one to the other, so God will not move in an identical way twice; He will not speak to us in the exact way we were accustomed to before, but when He does move and speak, we shall recognise His all-powerful caring hand and His everlasting loving voice that instils unspeakable comfort and security in our hearts.
None of us can anticipate when God shall make His surprise visits, when He will speak, move in our hearts or our circumstances; what we do know is that, as His children, He will withhold no good thing from us – His goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our life and such moments are reserved to be released in His perfect timing. The greater the difficulties shall prove greater deliverances; the frequency of our adversity will determine the measure of God’s abounding grace to be overcomers, not to enjoy the spoil or the blessings in and of themselves per se, but to know Him. Everything orchestrated in our lives, good or bad, is for our ultimate best which is to know the One and only true God; we are to enjoy Him, the sum and very substance of life itself. Such enjoyment is never attained by selfish pursuits; God’s glory has to be first, in between and last in mind in whatever we do. This is man’s loftiest ambition – to glorify God. Yes, it is to breathe with such a mentality no matter how much the world and the carnal mind may look and think upon it as being ‘fanatical’. To think in such a way reveals the gravity of humanity fallen from the glory of God. In Christ we have been elevated higher than when Adam first trod this once-perfect world and the present warfare and suffering we find ourselves in are the doorways to seeing our glorious position in Christ.
Our Lion of Judah is the same yesterday, today and forever even though He is also the Lamb upon the throne; He does not change and neither shall we ever exhaust or fathom the innumerable glorious facets of His awesome attributes – no, not even eternity shall ever measure His inexplicable and untold greatness; beyond the ages of time we will have but barely touched the hem of His garment.
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