DayBreaks for 01/17/2019: There Is No Other Stream
There’s a story in The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis about a girl named Jill Pole, and Aslan, the great Christ-figure lion in the story. Jill has grown thirsty in the forest, and she hears the sound of the stream in the distance. Her thirst drives her to find the stream so she can drink. She knows that a great lion is afoot, so she’s cautious. Finally, she sees the stream, but is terrified by what she sees. Her thirst is like a fire, but sitting by the stream of water is Aslan, the huge lion, very much alive, though sitting very still. She waits until she’s nearly crazed from thirst, hoping he’ll go away, but he doesn’t budge.
Suddenly, he spoke: “If you are thirsty, you may drink.” Jill is startled and holds back. “Are you not thirsty?, said the Lion.
“I am dying of thirst,” said Jill.
“Then drink,” said the lion.
“May I..could I..would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill. The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And just as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience. The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her near frantic.
“Will you promise not to – do anything to me, if I come?”
“I make no promise,” said the Lion. Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.
“Do you eat girls?” she said.
“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,” said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill.
“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.
“Oh, dear!” said Jill, coming another step nearer. “I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”
“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.”
I’ve been thirsty before – what I considered (at the time) as desperately thirsty, although I’m sure it was nothing compared to what some have endured. I like this story from The Silver Chair because it describes the decision that we must all make: the God of Scripture is a wild, untamed God who has crushed empires literally overnight. He is a God who does as He pleases, for the reasons that suit His purposes, for His glory – and not for ours. He is a God who makes no excuses (and because He is God and Sovereign) and who needs no excuses to be made for Him or offered up for Him. He simply is God – God Almighty and no one can thwart Him in anything He decides to do. He is alternately terrifying and the tender One who holds little children on His lap and blesses them. He is everywhere at all times and at times disturbingly silent and seemingly absent. He is a God who is not content to have just created – but a God who chooses to insert Himself into His creation when and if it pleases Him – but who at other times is maddeningly distant.
What will happen if we come to the river to drink? This God is frightening – just ask Jill Pole. But there is no other stream – there is no fountain of youth and there is no other fountain of Life than that which flowed from the veins and mercy of Christ. Come to the stream – drink – be refreshed and know that He remains God – and you are not He.
John 4:10 (NIV) – Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
John 4:13-14 (NIV) – Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
PRAYER: You are high and lifted up, Lord God Almighty. We tremble in fear of Your great power and come timidly before You where we are encouraged by Your welcome and invitation to drink – and find not death, but Life! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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