My husband has been reading the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis to our children for the last few weeks. I had forgotten the depth and details layered within the beautifully crafted tale, which lights up the story of Christ in all its glory and pain. My son came to me this morning and said,
“I think I know who Aslan is like. He is like God when he creates Narnia in the beginning, and then he is like Jesus when he is killed by the witch. I think he might come back to life, like Jesus did.” (We haven’t read that bit yet).
The ability C.S. Lewis had, as a writer, for my son to decode the message hidden within this classic fantasy novel, is quite remarkable. But then, I suppose we can presume he had a little heavenly help with his story.
What do we do with the time we are given? There’s no doubt that C.S. Lewis was a willing vessel ready to be used by God in the time that he spent here on this earth. I am not sure if he even thought about the fact that children would be reading his books and watching movies based on his books 50 years after his death. He was just ready to be used. And God used him. He had a purpose, and in the precious 65 years he spent on this earth, he was ready and willing for God to work through his writing. God is still working through his writing, long after his death.
Does that idea excite you? That perhaps God has a purpose that only you can fulfil? We may not all be a C.S. Lewis – one whom can reach millions with his words, but it means just as much if we can reach the one, that perhaps no one else can reach.
“The whole castle stood empty with every door and window open and the light and the sweet spring air flooding into all the dark and evil places which needed them so badly.” – C. S. Lewis, (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe).
We are all called to be lights here in this dark and broken world – lights that will shed light and air into the dark and evil places. How brightly we shine is up to us, in the time that we have left.