Some of you may have seen this C.S Lewis quote swimming around Pinterest. I know I have, and most recently I saw it on this wonderful blog, http://macibritt.com/. This morning as I read and thought of it again, I wondered, “What does it mean? And what is the context of this quote? Did C.S Lewis say it in a book, article, what was it?” Well, I Googled it and here’s what came up…It is from the Chronicles of Narnia in the book Voyage of the Dawn Treader (one of my favorites)!
“But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, “Courage, dear heart,” and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan’s, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.”
This, I found was really neat. First of all, I love how the authors, C.S Lewis and even J.R.R Tolkien (Lord of the Rings), present a clear parallel between their book and the Bible. Others may not notice this and may think of these famous novels as only fantasy, which yes they are. But if you know your Bible, you should clearly see that the main characters are taken straight from the Bible. For example, in the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Aslan represents Jesus Christ. Aslan sacrifices himself to save His children (the four siblings), however he rises from the dead and conquers the evil. If you don’t see this parallel, you need to read Matthew 26-28 again. 🙂
Anyways, I found this excerpt from the Voyage of the Dawn Treader quite significant. There is Lucy circling the mast of the ship and she hears a faint voice. That voice says those encouraging few words, “Courage, dear heart.” And by the tone of the voice, she KNOWS it is Aslan. Here’s the point. I see this as what God does to us. We are there “circling”, maybe confused or not sure where we’re supposed to go in life, but God is there encouraging us, guiding us, and watching over us. Jesus did in fact say, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) And just like Jesus, Aslan left the world, but he is always “there” watching over those he loves. Also, another point; Lucy recognizes Aslan’s voice. In fact it washes over her like as “delicious smell breathed her face.” God’s voice is also distinct. We need to know when God is speaking to us, so that we know what to do. Sometimes, though, there are 2 voices going through our head. Ours, and God’s. Here’s the distinction. Our voice is telling us to do something that would be nice, but it will be sinful and full of what WE want to do. God’s voice will match up to what He tells us in Scripture, which is pure, perfect, and true. Listen to God’s voice and not your own.
The world will tell you to “follow your heart”, “listen to your voice”, etc. but don’t! It will be harmful to you in the end. Listen to God’s voice in your life and the outcome will, I promise you, be rewarding. This parallel between C.S Lewis’ classic novel and the God’s Word is really, truly quite beautiful. 1 Chronicles 28:20 says this, “And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.”
So, be of good “courage, dear heart”, and listen to God’s voice in your life, not yours.