Grab yourself some Arbuckles boy. Ridin’ hard on an empty belly ain’t good for a growin’ boy.”
–Cotton Smith (Dark Trail to Dodge)
“I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.”
–Philippians 1:9 (NLT)
Most of you are probably familiar with the “Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. These books are full of symbolism and analogies. In the fourth book, “The Silver Chair,” Lewis writes of a little girl named Jill. Aslan is lying beside a stream and the Jill is extremely thirsty. Aslan, the lion, asks if she is thirsty and the conversation is as follows:
“I’m dying of thirst,” said Jill.
“Then drink,” said the Lion.
“May I–could I would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill.
The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.
The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.
“Will you promise not to–do anything to me, if I do come?” asked Jill.
“I make no promise,” said the Lion.
Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.
“Do you eat little girls?” she said.
“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings, and emperors, cities and realms,” said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill.
“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.
“Oh dear!” said Jill, coming another step nearer, “I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”
“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.
Remember the words of Jesus (“the Lion”), “But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” (John 4:14, HCSB) People are hesitant to give up their life and yet are dying of thirst.
If you’ve ever traveled much in the wilderness, especially long before bottled-water, and you get to the point of extreme thirst. Looking at the map, not the gps, you see there is a stream over the next rise. Hope arises in you and you cross the rim and wander down the dry path to the fresh-flowing water of the stream. When you get to it, you stumble and stop. It is dry! That’s what happens to so many people in life. They wander from dry stream to dry stream wasting time, energy, and their life. Jesus proclaims that He is the living water, “If anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me and drink!” (John 7:37)
Don’t hesitate like the little girl. True, the Lion has devoured many for many have come to Him. But they are no longer thirsting for the things of the world.
Here is another example of the crazies! You know how much I love the media. They definitely have their agenda–intensely liberal. The media was meant to inform, but they actually thing they are a separate and untouchable branch of the government.
Maybe you have already seen this but USA Today reviewed the new movie, “Dunkirk,” and reported that it was offensive. They were upset that there were few women in the movie and no “people of color.” There were no black actors in the movie. DUH! How many people of color were there on the beaches of Dunkirk? For that matter, how many people of color were on the beaches of Normandy a few years later. For the sake of an agenda and political correctness they want to change history.