Thursday, March 20, 2008

He is not safe, but He is good.

In C. S. Lewis’, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Beavers are describing the great lion, Aslan, to the children. Mr. Beaver says,

"You’ll understand when you see him."

But shall we see him?” asked Susan

“Why, Daughter of Eve, that’s what I brought you here for. I’m to lead you where you shall meet him,” said Mr. Beaver.

Isis he a man?” asked Lucy.

“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. “Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion – the Lion, the great Lion.”

“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”

“Then he isn’t 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.”

[C.S. Lewis illustrated by Pauline Baynes.

The Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Tonight as I sat at a women’s event the speaker shared this story from the Chronicles of Narnia. He is not safe, but He is good. I need that reminder.

My life has not felt safe for some time. Safety to me, is routine. It is knowing what to expect. It is following a straight and well planned path. It is having a list and having everything in its place. I like to know what is next. I thrive on routine. That is safety to me. God has led me down a path that does not feel safe in my life right now. I have total peace about the decision that we are making in the life of our family. However, I do not feel safe. It is uncomfortable for me because it does not have a well planned itinerary and there is no certainty. There is nothing familiar. I know that God is teaching me in this season of my life to let go of my need to feel safe. I need to know He is good. His plans do not fit my mold of feeling safe. He is good. So much of this is out of my comfort zone. He is good. He is not safe, but He is good.

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