“Please Aslan, before we go, will you tell us when we can come back to Narnia again? Please. And oh, do, do, do, make it soon.”
“Dearest,” said Aslan very gently, “you and your brother will never come back to Narnia.”
“Oh, Aslan!!” said Edmund and Lucy both together in despairing voices.
“You are too old, children,” said Aslan, “and you must begin to come close to your own world now.”
“It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?”
“But you shall meet me, dear one,” said Aslan.
“Are — are you there too, Sir?” said Edmund.
“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Narina for me is Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. It’s Siem Reap, Cambodia. And Buea, Cameroon. The struggle is to see God in everything and everyone every single day. Especially when my life consists of sitting down or sleeping most of the day. If that’s the life I’m called to live this year, may I look for God’s presence in every single rare deep or superficial small talk that I partake in, in every bit of brown that this side of California offers, and in every way that the human body is so adaptable to disease.
Yet, I mustn’t forget that I am in touch with one of the greatest connections to Christ–the individual. If every individual is created uniquely, and if every individual has their own light, may I not look at the person for their achievements or looks, but pursue to see God in each and every person. And be selfish and experience for myself the light that God has given uniquely to them. In doing this, light will shine brighter, their truths will refine my truths, and like iron sharpens iron, may my love and view of Christ be ever refined with each and every interaction.