I recently read through The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis with my seven-year-old daughter. It was wonderful for both of us as the books are brimming with marvelous Christian allegory and metaphors.
In the final chapter of The Last Battle called “Farewell to Shadow-Lands”, we read that the Pevensie children have been reunited with family and friends in the land of Narnia. Narnia…yet better somehow…the real Narnia. They find that they have limitless energy as they run as fast as eagles across mountaintops and waterfalls and Lucy remarks “Isn’t it wonderful? Have you noticed one can’t feel afraid, even if one wants to?” Up ahead they see the great lion Aslan coming towards them “leaping from cliff to cliff like a living cataract of power and beauty.”
In just a moment Aslan will inform them that the children were in a railway accident and they have come to this real Narnia because they have died. But just before, Aslan makes a grand statement:
“Aslan turned to them and said: “You do not yet look so happy as I mean you to be.”
Did you get that? He sees their happiness in this new and beautiful world but Aslan isn’t content with the happiness they already possess. He means for them to be even happier — supremely happy.
This beautiful metaphor wonderfully reflects the heart of God toward his children. The future that Jesus Christ secured for us in his life, death, and resurrection is one of supreme, undiluted happiness when we will be raised at his coming and brought into a new, redeemed, and perfect world — the real Narnia. God’s plan for us is eternal happiness with him. That’s what Revelation 21:4 points us to in the coming of Christ:
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
So, even our happiest moments in this life are only shadows of what is coming in Christ—eternal, supreme happiness!
Are you currently in a happy season? See your happiness as an opportunity to taste what is coming and reflect your happiness back to God in worship and thanksgiving.
Are you in a season of sadness? Direct your attention towards the perfect happiness that Christ purchased for you and is bringing to you. He is coming to wipe away your tears and bring you into his eternal joy. Fix your hope on that great day of eternal happiness and let that certain future cheer your heart in the midst of sorrow.
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