Friday, February 19, 2010

For Narnia And For Aslan!!!

"For Narnia and for Aslan," screams my 3 year old as he stands there dressed in his medieval knight armour stretching his sword to the sky. If asked who he is, he'll claim he's Peter in his best English accent. If he's not playing Peter then he's pretending he's Sir William from the movie "A Knights Tale." If you were to ask him what he wants to be when he grows up he'll say, "I'm going to be a knight!" He loves pretending to fight the bad guys and of course rescuing the beautiful princess. He's not all that different than his older brother when he was his age or even me for that matter.

I kind of think its in our DNA. I think its something in us that was placed there by our Creator. Something in us that longs to be a part of a bigger story. A longing to live for something much bigger than ourselves. It manifests when we are young in games of fantasy where we play the parts of knights or superheroes or soldiers, etc. As we grow, I don't think that thing in us ever really goes away, I just think we become very well at learning how to suppress it or ignore it. The fact is we were created for a bigger story. We were created to live for something much bigger than ourselves. The problem is, we often allow this world, in which we live, to get our eyes off of the other world in which we live. While we are physical beings, at the same time we are spiritual beings. We live both in a physical world and a spiritual one. While we may be accountants or salespeople or office personnel in the seen world, Scripture calls us kings, priests, and warriors in the kingdom of God. The difference in we adults and kids is that while playing the part, our children truly believe for that moment they are who they are pretending to be while we struggle with our true identity. In our minds, we are that accountant or salesperson or office staff, and while we know what Scripture says about us, we just can't wrap our brain around it. What's crazy is that the world in which we are kings, priests, and warriors is more real than the one in which we are accountants, salespeople, etc.

I know its hard to comprehend a world that we can not see. But, our seeing it doesn't determine its validity or reality. The truth is there is a world much bigger and more real than just the one we see. Its a world where we put on the armor of God and become part of a story much bigger than ourselves. Its a world where mommy's and daddy's become warriors fighting for their children's souls. Its a world where mommy's and daddy's take on the role of priest in order to go to God on behalf of their children. Its a world where mommy's and daddy's are truly kings and queens and have been given all power and authority over the enemy and see to it that all is well in their kingdom.

I don't know about you, but I'm thinking I don't dress up enough in order to play my role. While I could write more, I think I'm going to step away from the laptop and pick up a sword. Perhaps you should as well. Let's step into that story that's bigger than ourselves. "For Narnia and For Aslan!!!"

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