By: Melisa Carroll
C.S. Lewis and his Chronicles of Narnia, despite being “children’s books”, have had a significant impact on my faith life because they illustrate abstract, theological principles in a gentle, simple, and story-like way. One of my favorite saints is St. Therese because she encourages us to have childlike faith and to relate to the Father like his little children. Reading the Chronicles of Narnia was, for me, like sitting in God’s lap, warm and safe, listening to His sweet voice as he read to me stories that spoke of His great love and tenderness.
I want to share with you all a passage from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader that has affected me in a profound way in the hopes that it will speak to you too. Some of you may have read this book or passage before, and if so, I invite you to really think about the beauty, depth, and hope that this passage portrays.
Just a bit of (very vague) background for those who haven’t read the Chronicles of Narnia: A crew is sailing by a mysterious and malignant island, from which they have rescued a man, and are surrounded by absolute darkness. Even though everyone on ship was in high spirits not long before, they are all beginning to lose hope that they will ever find their way out of the darkness. Lucy, a young girl, calls out to Aslan (the Christ figure in the land of Narnia) for help.
I don’t want to say too much of my own thoughts because I want this passage to speak to you in the way that God desires. What I will say is that I have found great comfort in the simple words, “Courage, dear heart”. When life is dark, unknown, and lonely, God sends us messages of hope. These messages, if we look for them, are reminders that God is always with us, providing us with the strength and courage that we need to persevere. The next time that you find yourself in a moment of darkness, I hope that you think of this passage and, like Lucy, call out to God for help. Your albatross won’t be far behind.