“You have listened to fears, Child. Come, let me breathe on you. Forget them. Are you brave again?” – Aslan, Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
What comes to mind when you read these words? What thoughts, memories, longings?
When I read those words, there’s an ache to be close to Aslan and to meet him in person because he makes me feel safe. The very word “Child” brings deep security, thankfulness, peace. The words, “Come, let me breathe on you” are loving and tender. There is no judgment.
I imagine his breath is sweet and warm and comforting, like a warm summer breeze. Perhaps there is a tang of spice too. He is a lion, after all.
Oh, to step into C.S. Lewis’s Narnia and have Aslan breathe on us! Can’t you just see him so vividly and imagine yourself standing in front of him? His mane, his hugeness, his eyes. Wouldn’t it be wonderful?
And yet, even Aslan is only a beautiful glimpse into the truth of who God is.
I’m here to remind you that our true Aslan – Jesus – is bigger, kinder, more loving, more powerful, more beautiful, and more able than you or I could possibly ever imagine.
When God breathes on us, fear fades and hope rises. Courage comes in. Faith is enlarged. Victory is found.
What fearful thoughts have you been listening to? What fearful emotions have been taking over?
Let’s take all our named and unnamed fears to Jesus, our High Priest, and ask Him to breathe on us anew, that we might forget our fears and become brave again.
“Perfect love (not ours but His) casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18)
All my love,