Tonight, I’m wondering—I who have declared in my brashest voice that I am a follower of the Son of God—I’m wondering what it means to really follow Him.
Is it enough that I have followed Him for these few years, the decades of youth and middle-age?
Is that enough?
Would I take the chance—the adventure—and strike out into a new and unknown field?
I’ve never been over there.
What if there are strange people?
Is the bridge safe?
Will I have plenty to eat, a warm place to stay, a comfy bed in which to sleep when I reach the end of my days?
On the best day fishing Peter and his partners had ever had—the best day—the Teacher told them He had better things for them to accomplish. (Luke 5:9-11)
They abandoned their boats and nets—and fantastic catch—on the shore and followed.
A new thing.
I wonder. Could I cross the bridge, abandoning the comfortable, familiar place I’m in? I want to believe that I could.
I might look ridiculous—foolish even.
Would you laugh?
Or, would you cross it with me?
Companions on the road are nothing to sneer at.
I don’t know where we’re going yet.
It will be enough.
Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
(Isaiah 43:18, 19 ~ NKJV)
“Doubtless,” said the Prince. “This signifies that Aslan will be our good lord, whether he means us to live or die. And all’s one, for that. Now, by my counsel, we shall . . . all shake hands one with another, as true friends that may shortly be parted. And then, let us descend into the City and take the adventure that is sent us.”
(From The Silver Chair ~ C.S. Lewis ~ British novelist ~ 1898-1963)
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