Last week I was reading thorough the assigned chapters from The Magician's Nephew, pulling out discussion questions for class. Although I've read through it at least three or four times, I found myself swept up in the story line. There is a tender moment between the lion Aslan, Creator of all Narnia, and the boy Digory, who realizes that Aslan is his only hope in finding a cure for his dying mother. With diminishing hope and fleeting courage he blurts out:
" 'But please, please - won't you - can't you give me something that will cure Mother?' Up until then he had been looking at the Lion's great feet and the huge claws on them; now, in his despair, he looked up at its face. What he saw surprised him as much as anything in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent down near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion's eyes."
As I read those words, tears began to well up in my own eyes.
If you are familiar with the Narnia series, you are probably aware of the fact that Lewis' first two novels are allegorical, with Aslan representing Jesus. When I found myself sharing tears with Digory and Aslan, I slowly realized that it was more than a touching moment in the story. It was a reminder of the many times I have come to my Lord, desperate for His intervention, pleading with fleeting hope. I approach with downcast heart and countenance, feeling my unworthiness, embarrassed and ashamed to be lifting up my plea - again - only to look up and see my Savior weeping with me.
What about you, friend? What burdens do you carry? What circumstance have left you with fading hope and a broken heart? Maybe it's a difficult or wayward child, a rocky marriage, serious health issues, or financial stress. Whatever the need, cry out to Jesus. He sees your tears, even through His own. And like Aslan, He is both willing and able to offer you healing hope.
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1