So Much More Than a Lion
March 24, 2021 by DC
Looking for a creative way to share Christ with your kids?
I’ve recently begun production on a new community theatre project, C.S. Lewis, “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”. Perhaps you’ve read the books, or seen the movies. Being a part of this production brings back memories of the magic I felt as a child hearing this story for the first time, long before I ever knew it was an allegory for the story of Christ. Looking at it now, from an adult perspective, of course it clearly is. But as a child, I took the story at face value. A beaver, was just that… a beaver. And a lion, was just that… a lion. However, just as Mr. Beaver says in the story, “Aslan is a lion—the Lion, the great Lion.” As I’ve come to learn, the true king of Narnia is so much more than a lion. And in just a few weeks, I’ll get to portray one of my favorite heroes, Aslan.
C.S. Lewis writes this story in such a beautiful way that it can be used as a springboard into sharing our faith with others, especially with our kids. Today as we examine the world around us, there are all kinds of opportunities to share our faith with our children. If you’ll keep your eyes open, they will present themselves to you in places you may have never even thought to look. Consider Philippians 4:8, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” As you fix your eyes on things of God, you’ll begin to see them more clearly and recognize them instantly. And from that comes teachable moments that last a lifetime.
As a parent, I cherish the memories of sharing this classic story of Narnia, reading it aloud with my children, and pointing out the comparisons. Today, my kids have long outgrown the magic of “story time with Dad.” But now I get to share it with my grandkids! As for the play, I’ll be sure all my “grandbugs” have front row seats at the show. After all, they’ve never seen Granddad like this before. But the real joy will be in helping them connect the dots and to experience the love of the Father, the True King.