Recently, I approached the Narnia stories for a second time, this time as an adult. I ran up to them with all the excitement of a long lost friend. But, as I welcomed the familiar to remind, the familiar welcomed me to reconsider.
When I read C.S. Lewis’ books as a kid, I recognized Aslan as Jesus and picked up on other theological references. I noted the sacrificial atonement, the Genesis story, and the theme of redemption. .
For over 15 years now, I’ve been living in the world of Adulthood — a world much like the one under the White Witches’ power: always winter and never Christmas. .
Living in a land that lacks warmth can make you appreciate the smallest of embers.
It is the embers that I got acquainted with this time through the wardrobe. The small scenes, a few lines of dialogue, and quips from the narrator that you miss when you live in the world of Childhood — which is much more like that of Narnia after the White Witch was defeated. .
If you pay attention, you can determine Lewis’ worldview on a detailed level, especially in the moments where Aslan interacts with humans.
Worldview is more than just big truths, more than big ideas. Worldview is what prevails when winter has set in and Christmas is no where to be seen.
The familiar welcomed me to reconsider: what prevails in my winter? What warms my soul when cold infiltrates?
Perhaps you need to ask yourself the same.
For me, one of those embers is the fact that God not only knows my story, all the good and ugly and shameful, but He tells it to me and me only. I find peace in that intimacy. I find peace in that protection. I find peace in being known.
Maybe today you need to come up to the fire and study the embers, the small truths, and take comfort in their warmth.