Friday, January 4, 2008

The Last Battle

If you've ever had a glance at my sidebar, you know I love Narnia. The kids and I have slowly made our way through the stories on CD, finally finishing up The Last Battle just this morning on our way to gymnastics. As we were hearing the final strands weave together, the end of a beautiful tapestry, I realized something.

As a child, The Last Battle was never my favorite. I knew it was about a new beginning, a story that could never be told in this lifetime, but I was sad to say goodbye to the old Narnia. The one I still, even as an adult, like to imagine exists. In high school it was still hard to grasp the end. There is an end. I know it leads to a beginning, but it's still an end.

However, nearing the end of listening to this story over the course of the past couple months (we only do so when all four kids and I are in the car, without Nate, who's never been too much for radio theater), there came over me such excitement, such anticipation. My eyes watered with tears. I realized there was a smile on my face so big that my cheeks began to hurt. My heart ached with the desire for my children to understand. For those who grasp the truth, it's not an end at all!

And yet such sadness, too. The dwarfs could have paradise. It's right there at their fingertips! And yet they stay in their own prison, blatantly choosing blindness to what's around them. Paraphrasing, they're so afraid to be taken in that they can't be taken out! I know so many people like this, have so many friends dear to me who live in this in-between state... too afraid that they'll be duped to let themselves believe the truth, even if it's sitting right in their laps. In pushing everything else away, they push away the one thing that was sent to save them!

But for those that do believe, there is such a passion for life! A zest! We are not living for this world! We are not living for the things of this world. We are living for something so much greater. In a very earthly way, it's easy to fear the end. What about those closest to me? To grieve for others' grief. To grieve for those who won't ever take hold of the truth... who choose to stay in that prison.

There will come a day when we will move beyond the Shadow-Lands and really see. Really taste. Really feel. But while we're here we need to do everything we can -- Everything. We. Can. -- to draw others with us. The Great Commission. Each and every day.

I'm so beyond-words-excited.

And if all this confuses you to no end, go and read. Go and listen. Go and believe.

"The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning."
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Thany said...

I am crying now. I feel the same way about Narnia and my own kids. I want them to believe and love and dream Narnia the way I did as a child and then be able to read it on their own and find Spiritual Growth in the Truth it illustrates. And I also feel so deeply what you expounded upon...beautifully written dear one.

Amber Joy said...

Thank you for some hope.

Terryl said...

Thank you! I own the Narnia movie but have never read any of the books. I just bought the whole series on CD (31 cd's!) on Ebay so we can enjoy our next roadtrip even more. Happy New Year!

*emmy said...

I love your passion. Absolutely love it! That is why I was drawn to you in the first place.

I didn't grow up in a Christian home with Christian parents so I never knew about Narnia untill later in life. But, once I stepped into that wardrobe for the first time as an 18 year old Christian adult I knew I have fallen in love with a new kind of fantasy.

Because I was an adult and a brand new Christian high on Jesus this story touched me ever so deeply. This story wasn't fallen on the ears of child who was hearing it for the first time and getting lost in it's fantasy. But the story fell on the ears of an adult but who's new found life was that of a child (a baby Christian). All I saw was the parrells of God's love for us through out the whole story and it was beautiful.

But now, since MY kids ARE growing up in a Christian home I want to teach them to love this story and embrace it as much as I have.

I will be purchasing the theater radio version. Thanks for that idea!!