Aslan! Aslan! Come and help us now Aslan–
and children from another world,’ thought Tirian. ‘They have always come in when things were at their worst. Oh, if only they could now.’
And he called out ‘Aslan! Aslan! Come and help us now.But the darkness and the cold and the quietness went on just the same.
‘Let ME be killed,’ cried the King. ‘I ask nothing for myself. But come and save all Narnia.’
And still there was no change in the night or the wood, but there began to be a kind of change in Tirian. Without knowing why, he began to feel a faint hope. And he felt somehow stronger. ‘Oh Aslan, Aslan,’ he whispered. ‘If you will not come yourself, at least send me the helpers from beyond the world. Or let me call them. Let my voice carry beyond the world.’ Then, hardly knowing that he was doing it, he suddenly cried out in a great voice:
‘Children! Children! Friends of Narnia! Quick. Come to me. Across the worlds I call you; I, Tirian, King of Narnia, Lord of Cair Paravel, and Emperor of the Lone Islands!’
We find this story in the final book of the Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis “The Last Battle”.
It reminds me of where I sometimes find myself in the dark, cold nights of my life. Perhaps you have found yourself in this place, when things are at their worst, the enemies are strong and hope and help seem far away..
In these times asking for help is the best thing we can do. And when we have asked and the circumstances do not change it is faith that will carry us through the darkest, coldest times
Faith the writer of Hebrews tells us is the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” in this children’s story King Tirian provides us with wisdom for walking in faith.
“They always come when things are at their worst.” Faith reminds us that God has come through in the past
“And even though there was no change in the night or the wood, without knowing why, he began to feel a faint hope.” Even when our circumstances do not change, faith changes how we see them
‘Oh Aslan, Aslan,’ he whispered. ‘If you will not come yourself, at least send me the helpers from beyond the world. Faith enables us to rely on God’s wisdom to see us through, and not put limits on how He may do it.
Or let me call them. Let my voice carry beyond the world.’ We ask God what He would have us do and in faith we respond.