he’s the King, i tell you

“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he–quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver, “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else silly.”

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

*c.s. lewis’ the chronicles of narnia


i was recently reminded of the above quote at a women’s retreat. and have found myself thinking about that last bit – / ‘course he isn’t safe. but he’s good. he’s the King, I tell you. / i have often wanted to find a way to describe my God, to find a way to put into words who God is to me, and c.s. lewis has done it.

God is so good that He sacrificed his Son for us. and He has said to us, “for I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (jer. 29:1) see, that’s good.

but it’s the not being safe part that made me say, “yeah, exactly.” because if i think God is safe, i am forgetting that He is in control. that He is the King. that it is His will that will be done. and it is so much more than just who God is. it’s also how i should relate to Him and with others for Him. He’s going to ask me to take risks, to step out – do things way out of my comfort zone.

i think it’s pretty apparent that i don’t feel “safe” sharing my faith. because, well, i don’t do it. i mean, sure, when i’m around other christians, i’m all over it. i can stand strong. but it’s with “not-from-church” friends and “might-gonna-be” friends that i waiver. i want to be liked, and i’m afraid that my faith is something that might cause them to not like me.

to me, this is a prime example of me forgetting that God is not “safe” and that my goal in life should not be to feel “safe”. i believe when i respond to Him, it should be because i know He’s good – not because He’s safe. and because i know “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” rom 8:28

even the scary stuff….even the unsafe stuff. i trust in God because i know He’s good and because He’s in control.

11 thoughts on “he’s the King, i tell you

  1. Interesting post, particularly the comment about not feeling safe about sharing your faith around “not from church friends” or new, would be friends; I feel the same way about sharing my decidedly unchristian spirituality around overtly christian folks, or new people because I don’t want to offend, and I want people to like me. I don’t have an answer or a solution for that, just thought it was an interesting similarity. Maybe just being ourselves is enough. Thanks for the honesty.

    chanda – thanks for the comment. i agree, it is quite interesting. and i think it shows, at least on my part, how little confidence i have in others to believe they are going to write me off, when really it would help them understand who i am and why i am the way i am – i hadn’t thought about that.

  2. wow, I am in trouble! safe is how i like everything all the time, think I have control issues? dont answer that! i do know however that safe doesnt teach us anything about each other, life, or faith, which is ultimatly how we learn and lean on God. everything good I have learned in life has come from the hardest times!! thanks for making me take time the think!

    i have to say, i love safe. i want to carve a heart in tree and write our initials in it, that’s how much i love it!

  3. hey what just happened did bh write this blog. where did you go. SHOW ME YOU!!!

    bh said you come to my website looking for cotton candy and i’m giving broccoli. i’m sorry *wiping away a tear and another and another and so on…
    also, did a little edit on your comment. i’m making a very valiant effort to remain somewhat anonymous, at least to the very casual-est of lurkers. sorry about that.

  4. i’m totally with ya on the *feeling safe*
    but for me it’s possibly cos i’m feeling less sure of what-i’ve-always-believed…
    love your trustingness X

    i’m right there with you. part of what makes it feel so unsafe to me is that someone might actually question my faith and i’ll have to participate in a conversation, like face to face.

  5. I’m not sure about safe…if I am feeling safe then chances are the big sky daddy is about to pull the rug out from under me so I can have some more growth experience.

    Now while I am not opposed to growth I hate that feeling of agony that can come with it if I am fighting it and trying to stay safe! And yet I do it anyway…

    Everybody wear your maroon and orange tomorrow!

    And by the way…I happen to like broccoli!

    i do a mean paddle upstream – cuz that’s where safe is, right?? 🙂

  6. On a side note – CS Lewis was a genius. I loved all the Narina books and the movies (so far) are brilliant too.

    I think we all like to be safe in situations but we have to challenge ourselves and move outside of that zone – trusting in what ever we believe in to keep us strong on the right path.

    Although I am no longer religious myself I enjoy reading about your, Ruth and WM’s experience with your faith – I get some strange comfort from it. I think it’s awesome you all share it to be honest.

    i always stress a little when i put up a faith post… it doesn’t feel “safe”. and i think you have a great point that we need to trust in what we believe! thanks.

  7. I like broccoli too. I think this was a very “unsafe” thing for you to do, and I applaud you. (clapping hands here)

    I’m with you on the safe thing too. I agree CS Lewis did make a great description with this. I want safety and comfort, but then as others have said, you don’t grow very much and that can lead to complacency which I think is a slippery slope. I need to remember safety and security are not the same.

    God is good.

    thanks, angie. i don’t post often about my faith, and when i do i just stress and stress about it. “safety and security are not the same thing” so true!

  8. I love Lewis as well. 🙂 I get such wonderful insight from his writings.

    And as for broccoli? LOVE IT! Making it tonight, in fact. Too many sweets give me a headache, so I’m totally cool with the veggies.

    Safety is over rated. It’s your blog; post what you want. If people don’t like it, then who cares? It’s the one place where it really is all about you.

    i don’t know if i could say safety is over rated as confidently as you. i mean i think it’s true. but it’s so scary. and i’m a big chicken!

  9. its good to hear this from you. spending more time with bh, huh?

    you have stepped out of your safety zone many times, I was one of those ‘not-from-church’ friends for many years. and you branched out over the years, and helping guide me to finding my God. i will never know how to thank you. you have been my role model on spirituality and parenting for years. man, you are missed!

    I’m trying to understand my God these days. what are his plans for my life? it’s hard to give him all the control, and I know all will be in his big plan. I just want to know the PLAN. ;^9

    i do like the cotton candy, but you know i have been trying to get more broccoli in my life.

    don’t know if it’s connected, but i did most of my thinking on this post while he was in india/singapore. wonder if he stifles the theologian in side me? no, just joking. he did help me flesh out my thoughts so they made sense. good guy he is.

  10. Great thoughts. I can relate to wanting to be safe. Good luck getting comfortable with the King who is indeed VERY GOOD!

    safe just feels so comfortable, but i’m working on changing that!!

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