An abundance of possessions does not make up the substance of one’s life; food & clothing, while certainly necessary, are also not that substance. (Luke 12:15, 23) Jesus cautions against accumulating provisions, commodities and wealth of various sorts while remaining scarce toward God. (Luke 12:21) Now, life in this world requires so much just to survive – we need ‘things’! And He knows that. I don’t believe the issue here is having wealth or possessions but rather pursuing them, being anxious & distracted over them and in the process, missing the Lord.
Living life is tricky business. Everyone’s path is unique. How you get to where you’re going takes a lot of time, effort & energy. Heartache and pain will be part of the journey; mistakes will be made & regrets will probably be felt. There can be times of great joy, jubilant victories, moments of deep satisfaction There is so much in life to occupy our minds & our hearts & our time that it is easy to be, or become, ’scarce toward God’.
If you are someone who knows and believes the Word of God, but perhaps decades of life in this world have wearied you, and worn down a strong, joyful & brilliant faith to one of a dull luster, may I suggest something?
Watch Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
I used to work in a Bible bookstore many years back, and I knew about this series of books by C.S. Lewis. But I had never read any of them. My understanding had been that these were a children’s series, so my interest wasn’t exactly piqued! Today, at age 62, after spending three hours earlier today glued to the television, I thank God with all my heart that He created a man such as C.S. Lewis, and deposited within him the desire and the ability to write such stories. Perhaps others would not be affected as I was today, but by the end of this movie, my belief in Jesus Christ the King of kings was stronger than it has ever been.
The mythical land of Narnia first appears as a wondrous, magical forest, blanketed in snow. It is breathtaking. We have no clue that Narnia has been held hostage for 100 years in a permanent winter, and without Christmas, by the wicked White Witch of Narnia. Gradually, her influence and power is revealed to us. We begin to see that ageless conflict between good and evil portrayed by the
chillingly beautiful witch Jadis (who calls herself ‘queen’ of Narnia but is not) and her officers & the inhabitants of Narnia, satyrs, centaurs, and forest creatures. Four young children from the real world stumble into Narnia while playing hide-n-seek, when the youngest hides in an imposing wardrobe. Pushing through layer after layer of plush fur coats to the back of the wardrobe, she falls out of it into Narnia’s snowy wood. Soon, her siblings follow. And we fall into Narnia and its enchantments with them.
At first, the web is gently spun. Gradually, the symbolism becomes more apparent. When we approach Jadis’ malignant castle, its foreboding darkness brings quickly to mind memories of the frightening domain of the Wicked Witch of the West. It is becoming clear that Jadis embodies our adversary the devil; when she demands the death of an ignorant young transgressor because of the “deep magic” which requires his blood, we recognize Old Testament law. Woven throughout Narnia are the consequences of life not covered by the grace of God, but instead the dictate of heartless law.
With an almost hushed excitement, word is spread that the mighty lion Aslan has returned. When we finally see him, there is no doubt who He is. I don’t know that any scene in any movie has ever impacted me the way that the sight of Aslan, slowly but willingly climbing the steep stone steps to the altar of his death, did. Hordes of demented, hideous beings thronged about, and converged violently. I don’t believe His crucifixion has ever felt so real to me. When Aslan intoned, “It is finished”, it seemed as if the Spirit of God Himself was speaking.
When the stone altar on which Aslan was left dead, collapses thunderously, and we then see that He is not there…He has risen…I think I let out a shout!
“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” proved to be a powerful and compelling film. It left me jubilant, and renewed.
May it do so for anyone & everyone who chooses to watch it.