An Open Letter to my Daughter,after reading (and seeing the movie of) C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Dearest Leah, Daughter of my Heart:

I pray for you every day to have a soft heart toward God. You saw in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe how evil can turn people to stone, when Jadis hatefully turned those she hated  to stone. Most of those who ended up stone during the story had been trying to serve Jadis, or even just try to appease her.

 

Leah, sin is like that. It will turn against you the way Jadis turned against Edmund, Mr. Tumnis, all those who disappointed her or who chose not to follow her any longer. Sin always turns against you, no matter how fun or unhurtful it seems at the start. That’s the trick behind sin. It always seems fun or unhurtful at the start. Mr. Tumnis was just trying to get along and not shake things up, for example. Yet he was turned to stone. Edmund just wanted to be treated special and have Turkish Delight. He nearly ended up stone.

 

Do you see it? You can be going along perfectly well with sin (like Jadis’ followers), until, at a moment’s notice—boom—your heart will be stone. You won’t have even seen it coming. This is why we always talk about avoiding temptation.

 

I think of how God hardened Pharaoh’s heart when he wouldn’t let the Jews leave Egypt. At some point, Pharaoh’s heart simply hardened, and that spelled the end of things for him.

 

On the other hand, I think of King David, who murdered, committed adultery, and many other sinful things. Bad sins (though isn’t all sin bad?). Yet, the Bible still calls him a man after God’s own heart.

 

Remember when Nathan the prophet tells David a story about a selfish, evil man, then David realized it was him the story was about? David tore his clothes in repentance. In other words, David sinned, but his heart was soft toward God…he repented. He came back to God.

[Just a note: David still faced a dreadful consequence to his sin!]

 

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, remember how those who turned to stone came back to life? It took Aslan to do it, didn’t it? Leah, if your heart is soft toward God, He will always bring you away from sin, like Aslan did for Edmund in the novel, and like He did for David in the Bible. He will always guide you where He wants you to go, like Aslan did for the Pevensies in the book, and for our family in the move to Alaska. No matter what bad things happen in your life—and they will happen—if your heart is soft toward God, He will be ever close to you.

 

Jeremiah 18

 

“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: ”Go down to the potter’s house and there I will give you my message.”

 

So I went down to the potter’s house and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

 

Then the word of the Lord came to me:  “Oh, Leah, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Leah.”

Okay, so the Bible doesn’t say “Leah,” but the point remains: instead of stone, let your heart be as clay in your Potter’s hands.

This is what I pray for you!

 

I love you, Honey!

 

–Mom

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