Asking For Help

the last battle

My daughter knows how much I love “The Chronicles of Narnia, the fictional kingdom created by C.S. Lewis.

This year for Christmas she bought me the devotional “A Year With Aslan”.¹ This morning my devotional title read “Asking For Help.”

“Aslan – and children from another world,” thought Tirian. “They have always come in when things were at their worst. Oh, if only they could now.” And he called out “Aslan! Aslan! Aslan! Come and help us now.”

But the darkness and the cold and the quietness went on just the same. “Let me be killed,” cried the King. “I ask nothing for myself. But come and save all Narnia.” And still there was no change in the night or the wood, but there began to be a kind of change inside Tirian. Without knowing why, he began to feel a faint hope. And he felt somehow stronger…..²

We have all been there. The times where things seem hopeless, and our prayers seem to not be heard. But in our desperation we call out to Him, and slowly like the morning dawn, we begin to feel a change inside of us, and as it was with Tirian we begin to feel a faint hope and somehow we begin to feel stronger.

After learning of His soon departure the disciples began to be afraid. Jesus made a promise to them that we can rely on today.

“I know that hearing news like this is overwhelming and sad. But the truth is that My departure will be a gift that will serve you well, because if I don’t leave, the great Helper will not come to your aid. When I leave, I will send Him to you.” John 16:6-7

It our times of hopelessness and weakness Jesus makes good on His promise. The Helper the Comforter, the Holy Spirit comes alongside to help and we are given hope and strength. Whatever battle you may be facing today know He is near. All you have to do is ask for help!

Jesus leads us into a place of radical grace where we are able to celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory. And that’s not all. We also celebrate in seasons of suffering because we know that when we suffer we develop endurance, which shapes our characters. When our characters are refined, we learn what it means to hope and anticipate God’s goodness. And hope will never fail to satisfy our deepest need because the Holy Spirit that was given to us has flooded our hearts with God’s love.

Romans 5:2-5

²© The Last Battle C.S. Lewis

¹©A YEAR WITH ASLAN: Daily Reflections from The Chronicles of Narnia 2010 by C.S. Lewis

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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