My world has already begun to speed up, faster than I’d like and way before I’m “ready.” The new Knobs are arriving – many of them tomorrow in preparation for Matriculation on Saturday. Ready or not, here they come!
With that in mind, I’d like to encourage all students – both young and old – as they head into this next season. Many are leaving home for the first time, and most are entering environments that are indifferent or even hostile to the Christian faith. It can be easy to feel all alone…
If you’re wondering how on earth you’ll be able to make the right decisions for Christ when the rest of the world is so obviously heading in a different direction, consider this vignette from C.S. Lewis’s Prince Caspian and remember Aslan (God) is there:
“Lucy,” [Aslan] said, “we must not lie here for long. You have work in hand, and much time has been lost today.”
“Yes, wasn’t it a shame?” said Lucy. “I saw you all right. They wouldn’t believe me. They’re all so—” From somewhere deep inside Aslan’s body there came the faintest suggestion of a growl.
“I’m sorry,” said Lucy, who understood some of his moods. “I didn’t mean to start slanging the others. But it wasn’t my fault anyway, was it?” The Lion looked straight into her eyes.
“Oh, Aslan,” said Lucy. “You don’t mean it was? How could I—I couldn’t have left the others and come up to you alone, how could I? Don’t look at me like that . . . oh well, I suppose I could. Yes, and I wouldn’t have been alone, I know, not if I was with you. But what would have been the good?”
Aslan said nothing.
“You mean,” said Lucy rather faintly, “that it would have turned out all right—somehow? But how? Please, Aslan! Am I not to know?”
“To know what would have happened, child?” said Aslan. “No. Nobody is ever told that.”
“Oh dear,” said Lucy.
“But anyone can find out what will happen,” said Aslan. “If you go back to the others now, and wake them up; and tell them you have seen me again; and that you must all get up at once and follow me—what will happen? There is only one way of finding out.”