Hey guys! I hope this blog posts finds you well – working hard in life, in the gym or on your relationships! Maybe this post finds you in a time where you feel stuck, stagnant, stranded. Or maybe life is happening so quickly around you that you haven’t had the chance to stop and catch your breath. Perhaps you might connect best to a visual – one of the animals below:
Do you feel like a lion these days, setting the scene for action in your life, charging ahead with purpose, motivation and drive?
Maybe you feel more like the sloth, just sitting back, happily (and lazily?) floating through life and watching life unfold around you, more of an observer than an active participant?
Or maybe you feel like this little turtle, surrounded by a massive sea, stunned, scared and maybe even lost from the immensity of life around you.
I just wanted to encourage you with a thought today: God is bigger than all these situations. Whether you feel super successful right now, are just coasting through life in complacent mode, or are facing some huge struggles, God is at work. I love the line from C.S. Lewis‘ “The Chronicles of Narnia,” when, as the cursed always-winter land is beginning to thaw, the beaver whispers:
“They say Aslan is on the move.”
These words enter my mind all the time – both when I actively SEE God working in mine or others’ lives and when there seems to be road blocks or set backs – “Aslan is on the move.” This is the point in the story when Aslan is introduced, and in Lewis’ allegorical story, this character represents Jesus, so it’s easy to draw some parallels. I love the words that Lewis writes next:
And now a very curious thing happened. None of the children knew who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different. Perhaps it has sometimes happened to you in a dream that someone says something which you don’t understand but in the dream it feels as if it had some enormous meaning—either a terrifying one which turns the whole dream into a nightmare or else a lovely meaning too lovely to put into words, which makes the dream so beautiful that you remember it all your life and are always wishing you could get into that dream again. It was like that now. At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in his inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realise that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer.
Isn’t that beautiful imagery? I love these words and the reactions the children all have when they hear the name of Aslan, the name of Jesus. To me, knowing that Jesus is “on the move” in my life makes me feel secure, give me hope and bolsters my spirit. When I am stuck, or when nothing is happening around me and I’m in that waiting zone, I’m reminded that God is ALWAYS working behind the scenes. What a great encouragement when I can feel surrounded by darkness or lost in despair.
My husband has been feeling overwhelmed by work lately and quite discouraged, and recently he shared on his Facebook page that he felt like he’d been failing certain areas of his life. I know we can all relate, especially in those weeks (or months!) where everything seems to go the wrong way in every area! But so many people wrote back and encouraged him not only in who he is aside from his actions and accomplishments but also in saying that you never know why things happen, and how apparent “failures” can lead to successes. You just never know what God is up to. Our God is in control, even when life seems like it’s going crazy around us. Take this dialogue from the same book between Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, Susan and Lucy, two sisters in the story, when asking about who this Aslan is:
“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 isn’t he 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.”
Maybe you’re not feeling safe right now, you’re not secure and living with a lot of uncertainty. Be assured that life with Jesus leading won’t mean guaranteed anything, but you can be assured that He is good and that He is also on the move.
When’s the last time you felt like nothing was happening but were surprised by God? I’d love to hear the story of His faithfulness! It sure doesn’t mean that life is perfect or peachy when you’re trusting God – life can still suck in the moment! – but there’s a purpose in the suffering, a purpose in the waiting that gives us hope.
Sure love you guys! Live well & be well and I’ll catch up with you later this week,