*I am so very excited to bring to you all today a guest post by fellow blogger Allison Grace! Once you've finished this incredible post about The Horse and His Boy, go check out her blog and sign up for her newsletter while you're there! I've been signed up for a while and have very much enjoyed her insight (and Oliver's adventures, too). Watch her blog tomorrow . . . a post of mine might show up (secret: It might have to do with The Magician's Nephew). https://allisongracewrites.com/articles/guest-post-from-rachel-leitch-how-digory-kirke-reminded-me-to-hope/ So without further ado, An Illustration of God's Sovereignty by Allison Grace!*
There’s a scene in Chapter Eleven of C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy that nearly makes me cry.
I’m usually not one to cry during books and movies. So it has to be something really special. And this scene is.
If you want to avoid spoilers, I suggest you go read the book before continuing. ;)
“I do not call you unfortunate,” said the Large Voice.
“Don’t you think it was bad luck to meet so many lions?” said Shasta.
“There was only one lion,” said the Voice.
“What on earth do you mean? I’ve just told you there were at least two the first night, and--”
“There was only one: but he was swift of foot.”
“How do you know?”
“I was the lion.” And as Shasta gaped with open mouth and said nothing, the Voice continued. “I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the Horses the new strength of fear for the last mile so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you.”
While The Horse and His Boy certainly is not as allegorical as Lewis’ other books (most notably The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe) we as Christians can clearly see an illustration of God’s sovereignty.
If you are familiar with the story, you can see that Aslan (the “Large Voice”) is behind every important part of the story. He has guided Shasta’s story from the very beginning.
The same is true when you look at our world.
If you think about the nation of Israel for a minute and you go all the way back to Abraham, you can see God’s hand.
And that’s just the beginning!
Throughout the history of Israel, God has always preserved His people.
Sometimes there is not a clear “lion” in the story, such as in the book of Esther. But He is always working.
Now, it’s easy to think that God’s sovereignty and providence only extends to the big things or to the “important” people. But like an author controls all the elements in her writing, God has a hand in all the details of our lives. Nothing happens without a reason.
Did you see what Aslan said in the quote? “I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead.”
This isn’t a major plot point. This is nothing more than Aslan demonstrating his care for Shasta.
Sometimes, when God works in our lives, it’s obvious and huge. And other times, it’s in tiny ways.
But like Paul says in Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”
All things. Not just the big events of life--graduation, marriage, and eventually death--but all parts of our lives--our relationships, the school we attend, and where we work.
I’m sure when Aslan told Shasta that he was behind-the-scenes in every situation, Shasta probably wondered why. He might have been asking, “But why did I ever have to be kidnapped as a baby anyway? Why did I have to go on this long journey? Couldn’t you have done it another way?”
Let me tell you this: God doesn’t owe us any explanation for what He does. In fact, He doesn’t owe us anything.
Maybe someday we will be able to look back on our lives and see how God was working. Or we may never be able to fully trace the thread of providence through our lives.
But rest assured, God is working in every story and every situation.
“...for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
Allison Grace used to hate writing.
Now she can’t imagine a world without telling stories.
She has written several short stories and completed a novel. Her favorite themes to write about (fiction and nonfiction) are identity, faith, and redemption. She also has a whole stash of unfinished fan fiction no one is allowed to read.
Besides writing, Allison loves to crochet stuffed animals and dolls to give to charities. She is a shameless Star Wars and Marvel nerd and can carry on an entire conversation solely in movie quotes.
She blogs at allisongracewrites.com.
We watch a lot of Narnia in my house. A lot. Of Narnia. Confession here? I’m not as good a literary person as you may think—I never read the books. But I watch the movies and enjoy them, if nothing else for the battle scenes.
We recently (again) watched Prince Caspian (just because it really is a wonderful movie to see). My favorite quote comes about ten minutes from the end of the movie. Finally, the true ruler of Narnia, the noble lion Aslan, returns, and the Narnian leaders—Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Caspian—cross the ford to bow at his feet. Aslan replies, “Arise, kings and queens of Narnia.” So Peter, Edmund, and Susan stand, leaving only Caspian still on his knees.
Aslan continues, “All of you.”
Caspian glances up, then lowers his eyes again. “I do not think I am ready.”
“It is for that very reason I know you are.”
And so Caspian rises.
In the movie, Caspian was the wrong everything. The wrong nationality, the wrong age, from the wrong family, in the wrong place at the wrong time. In fact, he was so “wrong” that even the Narnian rulers saw him as inferior. This led him to make some bad and sometimes stupid decisions. As long as he tried to be ready all on his own, his problems just twisted deeper. But, when he finally gave up and did what he should have done first—relied on Aslan for help—he was as right and ready as he could ever be. When the Narnians saw him as inferior, Aslan saw him as the king he could be if he’d just ask for help.
“I do not think I am ready.”
“It is for that very reason I know you are.”
Sometimes we feel more wrong than ready. Things pan out for a lot more than we've bargained for. Someone is always waiting to crack down on your message or declare you wrong for the publishing world, or whatever world you're in right now. But as long as our words and imagination are surrendered to the true Ruler of the world—I'm as ready as I could ever be.
And so are you.
What do people say you’re wrong for? Surrender it to the Real King. And prepare to take your throne.
Enough of this. Now for some book-loving humor.
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