“Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.” – Aslan at the beginning of creation of Narnia (C.S. Lewis,The Magician’s Nephew)
I never thought a line out of children’s book would impact me so much, but I cannot get the line out of head. I cannot get the thought of God speaking over the Earth–to awake, love, think and speak–out of my mind. C.S. Lewis, with his allegory of Aslan as God the Father creating the world from nothingness with just His breath and His song, made Genesis 1 that much more real to me.
“Awake. Love. Think. Speak.” What do they mean? Why are they in that order? Why would four simple words out of a children’s fantasy book open my eyes so much?
Now that I know how to love, that I have love, that I comprehend love, I can begin to think. If I thought before loving, I would never love because the moment fear of loving crept into those thoughts, then I would not have the understanding that perfect love casts out all fear.
I tend to overthink things. Even being redeemed and set free by the love of God I worry at times. If someone had just told me love was more important than thinking earlier in my life (like at creation perhaps).
But now that I am learning to live I can begin to think. But rather than think about problems or potential problems or thinking the worst of a situation, I need to meditate on the word of the living God. One night as I worshiped and prayed in my living room I was struck by the lyrics of Misty Edwards‘ “Only a Shadow.”
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