Surprised by Joy

Surprised by Joy

Shasta’s story (page 2) is someone else’s story too – in a way it’s autobiographical. The death of his mother when he was only 9 devastated his happy childhood. In his own words, it seemed that “the great continent had sunk like Atlantis beneath the sea.”

We feel for this desolate child as he was sent away to boarding school, for a school life of misery to add to his sense of despair. Worse was to come. Before he began his studies he was called away to serve in the front line trenches of the first World War. Here he experienced all the horrors of modern mechanised warfare, losing two close friends and being injured himself. Small wonder that when he later went back to study in Oxford it was as an angry young man and an outspoken atheist. Everything in life including family, school and religion, and war, seemed to have let him down. For him it seemed to be ‘always winter but never Christmas‘.

But hang in there! There’s a great surprise coming.

A lion resting in forest

When Aslan Comes’

It was winter in Narnia too, but something excited the children when Mr Beaver spoke about Aslan coming:

“Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of Summer.”

The Lion the witch and the wardrobe’

It’s always better when Aslan in all his ‘golden goodness’ comes

So too, things always improved when Jesus came to difficult situations:  Sick people came to him in sorrow but returned with healing joy and hope in their lives, a desperate father’s dear daughter had just died ,but jesus raised her to life, when the boat was about to sink in the storm, or when the wine ran out in the midst of a wedding.

I love the idea of Aslan as the bringer of joy and how everything is better when he is near, a lovely picture of Jesus. May he rekindle our own joy. That’s the desire of these pages.

C.S.Lewis said that ‘Joy is the serious business of heaven’

Thankfully it overflows like the wellspring spilling over on to earth with the coming of Jesus. His joy was contagious. Everyone who responded to him caught this ‘contagion’.

The popular worship song ‘What a Wonderful Name’ by Hillsong has been viewed on utube 332.000.000 times in the past 3 years. 68.000 people commented on the video. See why it is so popular. I love it too.

To read more of this story of C.S.Lewis’s life see my post ‘December turned to May’.

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