The Horse and His Boy

“I was the lion.” And as Shasta gaped with open mouth and said nothing, the Voice continued. “I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the Horses the new strength of fear for the last mile so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you.”

~ The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis ~

This scene between Shasta and Aslan is the highlight of The Horse and His Boy. It reminds me of the faithful providence of God working in the lives of His followers. God’s plan is not always fun or easy to understand. In Shasta’s life, Aslan’s plan and guidance included fear, mistreatment, and difficulty.

God’s work and plan for His children also include hardships and pain but beneath all of that, His hand is guiding and directing everything toward one purpose…a good purpose. Aslan brought everything to a good and satisfactory conclusion for Shasta. God is so much more trustworthy and He is completely able to do the exact same thing in the lives of His children.

This quote reminds me of a title of a book by Ravi Zacharias…The Grand Weaver. In his book, Zacharias talks about how everything in life is woven by God into a tapestry where every event has a purpose. (Zacharias’ book is good and I highly recommend it.)

~ Melinda ~

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3 Responses to The Horse and His Boy

  1. Brigitte says:

    This is one of my favorite books from the Chronicles of Narina. Thank you for the encouraging thoughts about God’s providence and faithfulness.

  2. bekahcubed says:

    What a great reminder! Thanks so much for sharing this.

    It’s so easy to just look at circumstances and see the difficulties and trials and beg “Why?” Shasta was terrified of many of those events that existed by the direct hand of Aslan himself. In the same way, sometimes the circumstances where I’m most tempted to cry “God, where are You?” are the circumstances in which God is most involved (if I can say that of a sovereign God who is involved with ALL the circumstance of my life.)

    Again, thanks for sharing–your thoughts were an encouragement to me.

  3. Fantastic thoughts! Thanks, not only for playing along with this challenge, but for sharing these thoughts. You’ve highlighted my favorite part of The Horse and His Boy. And I agree with you – The Grand Weaver is an AWESOME book!!!

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