I don’t think I realized the significance of the lamppost in in Narnia until now. It marks the official backdoor into adventure and fantasy. It’s also at the threshold of home, too. It serves as a beacon, to guide the children back home. When the Pevensies first encounter Narnia, it’s a cold, wintry place. Despite their initial feelings about this enchanting world, they soon discover the only light in this bleak landscape comes from the lamppost and the hope they represent for Narnia.
I think that lamppost means more than I ever realized. It’s so easy to be distracted and consumed by Narnia’s inherent magic. You forget what the children bring to Narnia. Their mere presence changes the whole world. Thanks to C.S. Lewis’ religiosity, they’re recognized by Narnians for their power of belief and connection to God (i.e., addressed as daughters of Eve and sons of Adam). It’s incredible that Lucy–the youngest, most doubted, least believed–is the most hopeful, faithful, curious, loving, and forgiving.
She’s still a child, certainly. She’s not the smartest, bravest, wisest or strongest. That’s okay though! She takes her gigantic heart, so surprising for one so small, and loves the heck out of Aslan, her family, Narnia. She’s the first to return after everyone leaves, and the last to want to go home. When she returns home, she still never stops believing in the magic.
Lucy Pevensie is a reminder to keep our inner child alive. Indulge your nostalgia. Insist on living an interesting life. If something’s boring, add the spice of life! (I think ginger is a great spice to add, personally speaking).
This is my personal agenda: Remind the world, especially those who take themselves too seriously, to dance barefoot around a fire once in a while.
- Cackle loudly at quiet asides and mischievous humor.
- Embark on shenanigans with your tribe.
- Don’t be afraid of indecency sometimes.
- Never settle for “fine.”