Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time

10 points to anyone who knows the reference of this post's title...

After returning home from an early morning run, I almost always stroll around the outside of my apartment and do such things as stretching, killing time, making myself late to work, saying hello to the dog-walkers, and definitely being so thankful that my workout for the day is over. Of late, the sunrises have been AMAZING, and today was no exception. I ran inside to get my dinky camera phone and attempted to capture the moment.....which was a failure on all accounts because it's seriously impossible to get a noteworthy picture on that thing. But, I actually love this picture. Why? Because of what it made me think of. Which is? The title of this post: Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time.

Spoiler alert! Here's where it's from: CS Lewis' beloved The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. While yes, I did read the Chronicles of Narnia when I was younger, I cannot claim credit for recently harping upon this actual line from the LW&W. I read it last week in our current Bible study book, Better than My Dreams by Paula Rinehart. And look at that! Today I saw this lamp post. Lamp posts will forever remind me of Narnia, where the White Witch ruled. Her evil spell is called "deep magic from the dawn of time," and causes it to always be winter but never Christmas in Narnia. When Aslan enters the scene, his chapter is entitled "Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time." And when he appears, the snow begins to melt.

Aslan's magic is the deeper magic. Christ's magic is the deeper magic. It is only through him and for him that the sun continues to rise each day as "he wakens me morning by morning" out of his goodness (Isaiah 50:4).

Upon meeting Aslan for the first time, Lucy asks if he is safe. The reply? "He's not safe, but he's good."

He is so good.

"For you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings." Malachi 4:2

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