Blow the Trumpet
C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia great series of fantasy books full of deep Christian imagery. In "The Silver Chair" Lewis depicts exactly the struggle we're talking about.
In Narnia, there is a great lion named Aslan who Lewis portrays in the role of Jesus in Narnia.
A girl named Jill bursts into an opening in the forest. She is very thirsty, and she sees a running stream close by. Even though she's dying of thirst, she doesn't rush into the stream and put her face in its refreshing current.
Instead, she stands there in fear, because there is a large lion sitting on the ground just this side of the stream. It speaks to her:
"Are you not thirsty?" said the Lion.
"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?" said Jill.
"I make no promise," said the Lion.
Jill was so thirsty now, that she had come a step closer without noticing it.
"Do you eat 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, not as if it were sorry, nor as if it were hungry. It just said it.
"I dare not 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.
There are people who spend days and months and years of their lives absolutely dying to have the mercy of God; to drink at the stream of his love, the only place wher ...
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