Lucy + Aslan

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Don’t run from who you are //

There’s this scene in the last Narnia film where little Lucy is casting a spell on herself to be her older sister Susan.. and Aslan interrupts as it unfolds. I guess maybe Lucy was feeling staying in her shoes was not an exciting option. Maybe she felt staying in her shoes held nothing special. Maybe she felt to stay in her shoes held little hope for her dreams. Somehow she’d gotten the idea that being Lucy meant less than what it meant to be Susan.. But with a righteous roar, Aslan interrupted – “you wished YOURSELF away – and with that so much more – your brothers and sister wouldn’t know Narnia without you – you discovered it first remember? You doubt your value, don’t run from who you are”

I think I can relate, and I also think many of us probably can – we so easily step out of our shoes for the sake of appearing as someone else with a ‘better,’ more promising story. We only step out of our shoes because we forget the power of our own story – that it holds a hope and promise of its own.

The thing is Lucy has always been my favourite; she’s brave, she has this close relationship with Aslan, and he seems rather fond of her. What made Aslan sad was when she wished herself away; the essence of the true Lucy he admired most was momentarily lost. I think, in a sense, we are all a Lucy of some kind.

What areas of your life might you feel his call to step back into your story and out of the tiresome act of another’s? Trust that is his call – and you will find him there, he wants you, not your idea of who you should be. //

“If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it” 1 Corinthians 12:14-18 MSG

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28. Counselling + Theology Student + Ponderer + Writer + Do-er of hair.

2 Comments

  1. I get Lucy in that scene, you see, I’m a Lucy, too. My Susan seems to be better at me than just about everything. I’m smart, but she’s smarter. I’ve got a few good friends, she has many more. She’s really got her life together – and me, well, not so much. There are so many times that I wished I was my Susan because she seemed to be better at just about everything.
    Add to that my crushing lack of self-confidence and it makes me wonder what my value is. Unlike Lucy, I haven’t discovered a magical land, I haven’t continued to believe when nobody else did, I haven’t been called upon to do quests or save people. So I’m not really a Lucy, either.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Hi Jamie. Thanks for sharing that, I appreciate it. Perhaps the magic lies in this very realization; that it is not the form of the quest nor the Susans that define or determine our value, but rather it is hearing and giving weight to the call of Aslan, who is calling us to a place where we can begin to see our value. I struggle too, but I’m beginning to hear his call more, and I’m beginning to dare to have faith that what he calls me to is good. Listen to this discontent, because I think in that in that he’s calling you into something better – love. I’ll leave you with this beauty of St Augustine: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” Much love, Annie.

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