“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Who said anything about safe?’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
C. S. Lewis in The Chronicles of Narnia
In his famous series called The Chronicles of Narnia C. S. Lewis introduces us to a magnificent lion named “Aslan.” Aslan is the Christ figure in his amazing allegory. Aslan is the One Who guides the four children in Narnia and challenges them and teaches them and stretches them and dies for them. They come to love Him deeply. The depth of His wisdom and strength of His character are both frightening and magnetic to them.
Lewis makes it very clear that Aslan is, among other things, on the move. He is an active and intentional and purposeful Being. He moves where He will and when He will to accomplish what He wills. He does not ask where and when He should move. As the sovereign God of all He simply exercises His own will to act in the counsel of His own wisdom.
For us as individual believers, and as a Body of believers, the question becomes, “Where is He moving and are we moving with Him?”
A writer named Henry Blackabee defined this reality about God by saying that we need to find out where God is working and then simply join Him in His work. This work of joining God requires an amazing spiritual sensitivity and a full submission to the Spirit to join the work. We cannot join if we do not know where He is working and we cannot join if we are in rebellion.
Take a few minutes to reflect on your own life and relationships. Do you see God moving in a specific place or two?
Beyond being on the move C.S. Lewis declares that Aslan is also not “safe.” That is not to say that He is evil or callous or dangerous or unconcerned with your wellbeing or the wellbeing of His followers. It is to say that He is so committed to growing and using His followers that He is willing to stretch them and to call them into hard things and to let them navigate hard places and force them to trust on Him fully. He is willing to let them suffer and endure pain for the sake of both their holiness and their usefulness.
Take a few minutes to reflect on your own life. Do you see anywhere where God is stretching or growing or challenging you?
The thing about Jesus is that He is always moving and He is not safe.
And, just as importantly, He is also good. The places and ways He moves are always guided by His goodness. The stretching and the suffering He allows are always guided by His goodness.
In joining the moving God you can find yourself in hard places. But you cannot find yourself separated from the good God.
In walking with the God “Who is not safe” you can find yourself stretched and struggling. But you cannot find yourself separated from the good God.
In anything and everything you cannot find yourself separated from the good God.