I have been working my way (very slowly) through the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. I finally finished Prince Caspian this evening - enjoying it very much. Here are some things that stood out to me:
Sometimes the desparation in the journey is because we see our enemy and not our Champion. The travelers got so weary when looking for Prince Caspian - Lucy had seen Aslan, but the others hadn't. When we look to our Champion we have the strength to fight the enemy and withstand his evil schemes - but we face defeat when we look to our own strength.
The Journey - it is often one we don't like or we see things that we don't think should be happening - or sometimes we think we have headed down a wrong road. Sometimes we can't see the cliffs or the river to lead our way. But, we rest assured in the sovereignity of our God - knowing He is leading and in control the whole time.
I love how Lewis portrays the awesomeness of Aslan - in conveying the glory of Christ. "Even the Red Dwarfs, who knew that he came as a friend, stood with open mouths and could not speak." We often get so familiar with God as our friend and companion - that we forget Him as our High King. He is the Majestic One over all - Ruler and Creator. Yes, He is our friend - praise Him - but we mustn't forget His Alpha and Omega-ness.
"Do you feel yourself sufficient to take up the kingship of Narnia?" "I don't think I do, Sir. I'm only a kid." "Good, if you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been a proof that you were not." This continues to guide me back to the thought of poverty of spirit. We are nothing - not we become nothing. We were dead in our trespasses. Until Christ.
Now, onto the Dawn Treader.