Wouldn’t you love to hear your story from Christ’s perspective? The scene in C. S. Lewis’s The Horse and His Boy where Shasta meets Aslan always puts a lump in my throat. The boy Shasta is lost on a misty mountain road on the back of a horse he can’t steer. He’s separated from his friends, hungry, frustrated, exhausted, and alone. Self-pity crashes over him in wave after wave of defeating thought—until Aslan interrupts him.
Wait, I thought Shasta was alone. It turns out the Great Lion Aslan, who is the Christ figure of Narnia, has been listening to Shasta’s every complaint.
Aslan gently, but firmly, provides a different perspective on Shasta’s misfortunes. He walks Shasta through the times he felt forsaken and shows him how he was never alone.
- Aslan’s breath blew the lifeboat that carried infant Shasta to safety.
- Aslan’s roar forced Shasta to join up with two important travelers.
- Aslan took the form of a cat to comfort and warm Shasta through a frigid night in a scary place.
- Aslan’s pursuit motivated him to race when he was too weary to move.
Aslan had always been beside Shasta, even before Shasta knew him. Every loss, every frightening pain had been overseen and allowed for its essential role in shaping and moving Shasta to his purpose. One lion had invisibly, but actively, walked with him through every step of his life. There had been one teacher, one protector, one corrector, and one comforter.
Wouldn’t you like to see how Jesus has been with you through every loss, pain, and disappointment? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear Him say, “I was with you when…”?
The Bible assures us of these truths in numerous stories and countless ways. But if you are like me, you need reminding, often. That is why it is essential that we renew our minds with God’s living Word daily. Just like a shower cleanses us from the grime of the previous 24 hours, God’s Word washes away the doubts and fears we pick up. It renews our hope. It changes our perspective. It infuses us with courage to face our challenges.
Would you enjoy a guide to help you gain and keep God’s perspective? Give Yourself a Break: Discover the Secrets to God’s Rest is laid out in a user-friendly format with the Scripture verses included. The questions help you engage with God’s message so you can see your life from His view point.
Jesus told us that, like Shasta, we would experience trouble in the world. But we’re not to fear. The Lion of Judah is with us until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20; Isaiah 46:4; Psalm 48:14). May God grant us eyes of faith to see Him in our everyday circumstances.
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Debbie W. Wilson
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