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.
²© The Last Battle C.S. Lewis
¹©A YEAR WITH ASLAN: Daily Reflections from The Chronicles of Narnia 2010 by C.S. Lewis