Years ago I remember watching “The Chronicles of Narnia” with my daughter.
Her young enthusiasm for the “Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” brought out her talent of art and imagination.
She could rattle off and draw every actor, character or whatever the strange and whimsical animals C. S. Lewis made up.
How interesting I thought one could open the doors to a wardrobe and enter a mythical magical forest. The intrigue continues into the land of good and evil; only to be stuck in winter by the White Witch. For 100 years she reigned in Narnia until the great Lion, Aslan appears on the scene as her worst enemy.
Yes; it is a parallel of God himself with a twist.
Narnia was supposed to be a place of love, contentment, peace and a whole lot of fun. At least that was the original plan.
Reflecting on the story in many ways we in this present world are now living in Narnia with the wicked White Witch.
The place God intended for good has been beaten up, lied to and given over to sinful ugly creatures.
However, for the wicked white witch, Aslan, the good King of the Forest appears ready to take back his kingdom. She believes she will fight to win only she didn’t count on the weapons used to stop her.
Besides the full armor required, is the heart of Aslan.
A heart full of love, mercy, grace and forgiveness.
Wisdom and knowledge so profound it can’t be matched.
Understanding, compassion and healing that cannot be found anywhere else.
A sacrifice so pure nothing at all can ever take its place.
There really is that place; a hidden wardrobe only known to the individual heart and God. No authority on earth will ever be able to find this dwelling between the Father and his child. Just as finding Narnia, seeking his presence daily is the only way to enter and abide in the shelter of the Most High God.
The shadow of the savior rests in that place covering the fears, doubts worries and stresses of the attacks of the wicked witch. If they creep in then it is due to venturing out of that safe security.
Reach for Jesus again; crawl back in under his wings of protection. And stay. Rest.
Remain in Him.
Peace that passes all understanding is worth striving for.
So is balance. The two have a connection. Balance can give peace and peace can give balance.
Countries have fought throughout history for peace. Interpretation could mean people learning how to get along with each other.
Well, we know how that doesn’t work.
Why? We have lost our way.
We have moved away from that which is peace.
We have replaced it with “self.” Self centers on self which forgets others resulting in greed which is a basis for pride. Pride goes before the fall.
Peace can only be found through Christ. Step-by-step we have to rid ourselves of self as it is the only way to truly see Jesus. This is done by getting closer to God, reading his word and asking him to help us become more like Jesus.
On the other side of spiritual peace is the need for physical serenity. Our bodies react to all kinds of positive or negative feedback. The key is to balance them both.
Yea, I know… I hear you screaming, “how can I possibly be peaceful in this messed up, mucked up world?”
You have to search for it. Yearn for it. Seek it with all your heart. You may as well start now because the world isn’t peaceful at all. But you can be with God’s help.
Jeremiah 29: 12-14 “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.”
The following video caught my attention last night. As I watched it, I could feel my body and mind relaxing as she performs one of the most impossible acts of balance I have ever seen. It is a little over 7 minutes long, but she will keep you glued right up to the very end. After watching her, I questioned whether this performance is more physical or mental. What do you think?