I've been on a quest for twenty three years. I didn't realize that I was on a quest until five years ago when I had an experience with the living God that changed my life. It was Thanksgiving break of my freshman year of college, and all I wanted to do was rest from my busy first semester. So what did this film major do to rest? I watched movies. At the end of that break I found myself watching a film called The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.
I was very familiar with the Chronicles of Narnia series. I loved The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe and the second film in the series, Prince Caspian. These films are based off of a book series by C.S. Lewis, a renowned Christian author. The central character of this series is Aslan, a beautiful lion that is King of Narnia.
Towards the end of The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, Aslan, the three children of the film, King Caspian, as well as a mouse called Reepicheep stand before a giant wave of water. Aslan tells the children and Reepicheep that behind the wall of water is his kingdom. He offers Reepicheep the opportunity to cross the wave of water and enter his kingdom, but he tells the children that their time to enter his kingdom has not yet come. Aslan tells them that they must leave Narnia and go back to their world, our world, and that he has a purpose for them there.
This conversation ensues:
Lucy Pevensie: Will you come and visit us in our world?
Aslan: I shall be watching you always.
Lucy Pevensie: How?
Aslan: In your world, I have another name. You must learn to know me by it. That was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.
While watching this scene, I realized for the first time that Aslan represented God in the film and book series, and he promised the children that one day they would enter his kingdom. Their time had not come yet, but he was sending them back to their world to know him by his name there and to tell others about him.
I realized that just as Aslan has a kingdom, God has a kingdom. Just as Aslan is king of Narnia, God is King of this world. Before watching this film, I read a lot of Bible passages about God's kingdom, but the idea of there actually being a kingdom became a reality in my heart and mind.
Then like all things that our eyes are opened to, the reality of God's kingdom started showing up everywhere: in films, music, books, ordinary and everyday moments. I could no longer deny that God's kingdom existed and that I had been given a part in this eternal kingdom.
The quest that I shared about above is a quest to seek and find God's kingdom. Like the Pevensie children, I have the promise of being a part of God's eternal kingdom through faith in Jesus Christ. There is a kingdom, and I am an ambassador. Jesus is my King, and his kingdom is growing. What most people don't realize is that there are glimpses of his kingdom everywhere. One must only seek and find them.
Finding glimpses of God's kingdom in the ordinary and everyday is the focus of this 31 day series called Seeking The Kingdom. Each day I will be sharing ways that God has shown me His kingdom in the small moments of life, and how you can find His kingdom too. So join me as we seek God's kingdom together.
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