DRAGONS CAN BE BEATEN

Summer is finally here, and I am finally out of college! —-Yes, it took me five years – we call that taking a victory lap.

So, with all of this extra time that I have found, since I am not writing papers or having to read text books, I have been able to pick up some books that I normally wouldn’t have the chance to read.  I chose a couple of classics of course: The Narnia series and The Lord of The Rings.

I forget just how wonderful it is to hear language that is so big and imaginative. (Sad that some of my THEOLOGY books aren’t described that way)

I was reading The Horse and His Boy, the third installment of the Narnia series, last week when I was just taken back by how Aslan (the Lion) was described by C.S. Lewis. It’s as if he searches the depth of the English language and uses all things good to describe this larger than life Lion that makes you want to take a deep breath and hope that something about him is real. Which of course, if you know what Aslan represents, is true. He is real.

The point being, language takes us into a deeper place of imagination and reality.

Imagination, in that it makes us think and meditate on things with an air of wonder about them. A trip to the moon; Pirates fighting on a sea of ramen noodles; A giant Lion who heals the sick and conquers death. Imagination brings us to places that we may never see, but we’ll surely hope for.

Reality, in that there is something about our imaginations that don’t just tease with our minds about things that aren’t real, but rather make the things that are real around us more wonderful. I think that is what is so special about letting our imaginations run wild. We get the world we live in a little sweeter; we get the world to come with wide-eyed wonder.  Can you imagine what God has prepared for us!

G.K. Chesterton, a 19 century theologian, says this about fairy tales:

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

Understanding the wonder of language better than anyone, Jesus used to tell His disciples stories too. Stories that still fascinate the world 2,000 years later.

I want to encourage you this Summer as you may find yourself with some extra time to please consider grabbing a good book and letting your heart leap for joy at the world that God has made for you. This one, and the next.

Amplify the truth,

Austin