BigRead13 Day 35 : Recognition

Day 35’s post from the BigRead13 can be found here.

Today we have an excerpt from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in which the children learn that they’re not coming back to Narnia again. Despairing of seeing Aslan again, he explains that he is known in their world, but by another name. Proof, if any, of the Christian allegory in the Narnia novels. And paired with it, a verse normally associated with Christmas, John 1:14:

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

We’re asked to think how we come to know God in our world. I used to think it was mostly when I was in church that I stood a chance of recognising God. And I think that is still, to the greater extent, true. But I think I’ve worked out why.  It’s not that churches are inherently holy places – although that can but help. It’s that church is where I am, at times, at my most still. Trying to be #notbusy this Lent has been a bit of a failure.  I’ve not managed it much.  But I have managed it in a lunchtime or two not in a church. And by emptying my mind, I’ve felt a presence there. Be still and know, indeed…