Sunday, January 26, 2014
What the Doctor and Aslan Have in Common
Today's post is brought to you by my inner nerd. The Whovians* will thank me.
First, I want to take you to Doctor Who. The Doctor is a Time Lord. He's old (life times old). He travels in a blue police box called the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) that's bigger on the inside and can go anywhere in space and time. And when his body is dying, he can regenerate--he becomes a new Doctor... The same man and memories, but a different body, a different bent to life.
When the Doctor regenerates, regenerative energy releases from him... you can see the golden glow in these pictures of Doctors Ten and Eleven. It's LIFE... LIFE being breathed out of one man into the universe. LIFE that truly brings salvation to the people of earth time and time again.
Take another trip with me. This time let's go to Narnia.
Home of the White Witch, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, Mr. Tumnus the Fawn, and Aslan... the Lion who is Lord over the land. Not to throw out spoilers, but Aslan gives his life for people. But because he so willingly made that sacrifice, he, too, was able to bring salvation. For me, one of the most meaningful scenes in the movie is when Aslan, brought back to life after his sacrifice, finds Mr. Tumnus, the fawn who cared about little Lucy Pevensie, and was, for his loyalty to the true Narnia, turned to stone. Aslan approaches the stone fawn, who's face is contorted in fear and pain, and breathes on him. He breathes life. Health. Salvation. Mr. Tumnus LIVES because of the breath of Aslan.
Folks... we don't have the power to breathe on someone and see them saved or immediately made hopeful or turned from stone to life. However, we DO have an incredible gift that we can share. We have the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God, pneuma, the breath of life. Our every breath, our every word, should drip with the Spirit, offering the gift of hope and LIFE.
The Doctor's regenerative energy came out of him as a natural process of his regeneration. He didn't force it. He simply breathed. Aslan knew that he had a gift of life and simply gave it. He didn't hesitate and stand back in fear, wondering if Mr. Tumnus would opt to remain frozen in stone forever. He simply... breathed.
We have fear, I get that. I experience it, too. Fear that our friends and family will look at us like we're crazy. Fear of rejection. But I have to wonder... Would it be better for me to have a friend say, "No thanks, I'm not into that?" or for God to ask me, with tears in His eyes, "WHY, Daughter? I put YOU in her life to show my Spirit and my love to her, and you left her... alone. Hopeless. Without Me. Simply because you thought she might say no?"
If we are willing to love people, to speak life, to serve and pray and speak and laugh and cry with others... then maybe Mr. Tumnus really can come back to life--or someone's stone-hard heart can soften and start beating again.
Side note: If you're reading this and feel frozen like Mr. Tumnus... There IS hope. There is a chance to thaw, to love, to rejoice, to LIVE again. This life is found in Jesus. Friend... Jesus loves you. He cherishes you. He has an adventure out there that's custom designed for you. And He just wants you to believe.
NOW is the time to believe... to open up your heart and simply say, "Jesus... I need your help. I want YOU to be involved in this crazy life I'm leading right now. I want purpose. I acknowledge that you are God, and I believe in You. I want your change and hope and love in my life." If you pray that, will you do me a favor? Will you tell someone? Tell me, tell your spouse, tell your BFF, tell a co-worker... just TELL someone.
*A Whovian is a fan of the TV Show "Doctor Who" - if you're not a fan, you should be!