At the beginning of January, Katie and I joined a neighbor and went to see the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I wasn’t quite sure if she could handle the Chronicles of Narnia yet, but she really liked it. We came home and found the book on our shelf and dug in to the first (chronologically speaking) of the books, The Magician’s Nephew. It’s been a LONG time since I last read these books, so I’m kind of starting all over again since I can’t remember many of the details. Yes, I know some of the themes mirror Christianity, but there aren’t a lot of details that surface for me. But I do know one thing: I’ve been looking forward to reading these books with Katie for a long time.
Katie and I just started chapter nine. The chapter is titled “The Founding of Narnia.” Katie’s eyes were wide open as I read to her how the Voice started singing Narnia into existence:
The earth was of many colours: they were fresh, hot and vivid. They made you feel excited; until you saw the Singer himself, and then you forgot everything else... The Lion was pacing to and fro about that empty land and singing his new song… And as he walked and sang, the valley grew green with grass. It spread out from the Lion like a pool.
That’s when I turned to Katie and said, “That reminds me of something else we’ve read.” She looked at me quizzically and said, “What?”
I pulled out my iTouch and opened my Bible app and read this to her: First this: God created the Heavens and Earth – all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. God spoke: “Light!” And light appeared. (Genesis 1:1-3, The Message)
Suddenly, Katie gasped and said, “That’s how God made the Earth. That’s just like the Lion!”
Fireworks went off in my heart. Celebration! My girl gets it! The story of our Creation is alive in her heart, and she can see how that Creation parallels all other creation in our world.
It just gets better and better from here, doesn’t it?