Who Do You Follow?
“But what would have been the good?”
Aslan said nothing.
“You mean,” said Lucy rather faintly, “that it would have turned out all right – somehow? But how? Please, Aslan! Am I not to know?”
“To know what would have happened, child?” said Aslan. “No. Nobody is ever told that.”
“Oh dear,” said Lucy.
“But anyone can find out what will happen,” said Aslan. “If you go back to the others now, and wake them up; and tell them you have seen me again; and that you must all get up at once and follow me – what will happen? There is only one way of finding out.”
—C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian
Scripture Reading: John 21:15-19
In the fable Prince Caspian, Lucy and her siblings are lost when she sees the beloved Lion Aslan, the Creator and Ruler of the world of Narnia, and deduces that he wants them to follow him. Her brothers and sister don’t see Aslan, though, refuse to listen to Lucy, the youngest of the pack, and decide to go their own way. The quote above comes after this incident, when Lucy meets Aslan and he implies that she should have left the group and followed him anyway.
What are you avoiding following today? What or Who has been staring at you and saying, “Follow me” only to see you become like Lucy—worried about the outcome? What do you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you should be pursuing? Is it Jesus? Something lesser but still fulfilling, like a career or ambition or continuing your education or learning a new skill? What’s holding you back? There’s only one way to find out what will happen if you follow it—can you make some tangible plans this week to take those tentative first steps?
Ask questions, share thoughts and wrestle together about your experiences from the material this week.