…as those who Will Not See!
In his book, The Magician’s Nephew, C.S.Lewis describes the process through which Aslan (the Lion who represents God) creates the world of Narnia.
At the very dawn of Narnia’s creation, Aslan sings a song…a beautiful song which brought out all of the elements of Narnia. The light, bright notes brought out the stars, the deep, pulsating notes brought out the trees, and so on. It was beautiful to everyone…except for two: The Empress Jadis (who would become the White Witch, who brought evil into Narnia), and Uncle Andrew, a ‘magician’ of sorts, who wanted to use spells and powers for his own ends, but cared little about others. These two hated the song and feared the Lion. As He came closer, they retreated.
Uncle Andrew, who originally heard the song but disliked it, began to convince Himself that it wasn’t a ‘song’ after all. ‘Lions Can’t Sing’, he told himself…and soon every note that came from Aslan was interpreted to be a menacing, angry growl. Andrew convinced himself that Aslan–as beautiful and majestic as He was–was simply a terrible lion, out to get him.
Later, after Aslan was done creating Narnia, he came to address those who’d come to it, including Andrew…but he’d convinced himself so much that he could only hear roars, grunts and growls. Polly asked if Aslan could “do something to…un-frighten him. “I cannot comfort him, he has made himself unable to hear my voice. If I spoke to him, he would only hear growlings and roarings. Oh, Adam’s sons, how cleverly you defend yourselves against all that might do you good!”
In the same way, our culture has mastered the ‘art’ of plugging its ears to the loving wisdom of God, our Creator. Many in our culture have determined that God’s Word are ‘growlings and roarings’, rather than the beautiful, loving Words of our Creator. We have convinced ourselves that His Words are burdensome, designed to steal our fun and ‘cramp our style’…and we have bought the lie of our enemy, who has always tried to convince us that God is ‘holding out on us’.
It’s the very same lie that he convinced Eve and Adam with in the garden of Eden.
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” (Genesis 3:4-6)
The lie, trying to put ourselves in the place of God–determining for ourselves what is ‘good’ and what is ‘evil’–is ‘in vogue’ today. The enemy continues to work his lies and deceit, and we buy into it, telling ourselves that we’re ‘enlightened’ or ‘evolving’.
Whether it’s with respect to sexuality, marriage, what we put in our bodies, what we believe, the things we do on our computer or watch on t.v….in many, many ways, we have sought to become ‘like God’.
…and we’re just as wrong as ever.
As my mother always told me, “There are none so blind as those who Will Not see!”
Don’t ‘refuse’ to see. Trust God, your Creator who loves you, cares for you deeply, and has The Best Plan for your life–through faith in Jesus Christ.
“The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they might have LIFE and have it to the full”! (John 10:10)
(an oldie but a goodie)