Once Upon A Time in a land called Narnia there was a saying:
“Always Winter, Never Christmas.”
Since the sentiment was penned by C.S. Lewis in 1950, the phrase has been used time and again. Even now, I still grumble it on occasion despite the fact that Christmas was only two months ago. You see, I’m a spring-summer-fall kind of girl, drawn to the sun and its warmth and the way it makes everything come … ALIVE!
Here, in the middle of a February cold snap, I find myself scooping ice out of the stock tank and precariously sliding my way down the slippery sheet that we call a driveway. To top it off, I’m homebound and hermitting with a sick cat that needs syringe-feeding like five times a day.
And I’m tempted to think that winter will never end.
I know, I know … some of you like winter. The glistening icicles, a hushed wonderland, snow angels, hot chocolate, and skiing. Yeah, some of it’s pretty great. But if I’m honest, it’s not the weather of the world that I’m talking about, though that does make me weary at times.
No, I’m talking about a much larger perspective: The Eternal Perspective.
This world has been in winter for such a long time. It’s easy to think that a season of death is normal, that things were destined to wither and die. My friend, that’s a lie. Death is an enemy – an enemy that will be defeated once and for all at the end of all things. How do I know? Because I read The Book. Go ahead … skip to the end, I give my permission (for once) and gladly.
When is the end you ask? Well, I don’t know exactly. The Bible isn’t clear on the time, but I can tell you that it’s on the horizon and probably closer than we think. C.S. Lewis knew this, which is why he also penned:
“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
And from that Eternal Perspective we draw hope. Not an unfounded, blind hope, but a confident HOPE in the Lord Jesus who is the Aslan figure in the land of Narnia. Because of Christ’s accomplishment (VICTORY!) on the cross, we can press on through winter standing on the promise of The One whose promises never fail:
“But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”