I’ve been told time and time again these few weeks to “be safe”. I’m sick of that phrase. What if I don’t want to be safe? In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, you see the children asking the Beavers about Aslan. Here is the dialogue:

“”Is–is he a man?” asked Lucy.

“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. “Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion–the Lion, the great Lion.”

“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 just 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.”

“I’m longing to see him,” said Peter, “even if I do feel frightened when it comes to the point.””

I don’t take credit for knowing any of this information on my own. I haven’t even read the whole book. Derek Webb talks about this scene on his album “The House Show”. Aslan, the Christ figure in the story, is not safe. What can we take from this? God is not safe, but He is good, and He is the King. God, in His Word, does not promise safety. He does, however, promise that He will be with us wherever we go. Take Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was this situation safe? No. Did God ever leave him in this situation? No! Stephen preached the Word in his last moments alive then gave his life up for that same Word. God will get His glory whether in life or death.

But, I think my favorite part in this dialogue is Peter’s response. “I’m longing to see him, even if I do feel frightened when it comes to that point.” WOW! I absolutely love that response. He’s is longing to see Aslan even if it does make him frightened. This should be our attitude toward God. We need to long to be in His presence. It will cause us to see ourselves for who we are which should frighten us (Isaiah 6: 1-5) and show us how unworthy we are to be in His presence but thankfully we can be made clean (Isaiah 6: 6-7).

Wow, that was really long and a lot of ramblings.

Bottomline, I don’t want to be safe because following Christ is NOT safe, but it is GOOD!