Several years have passed since I last read it, and I’m finding it as delightful as I remember. Today in class, we read the passage where the Beaver in Narnia tells the children, “Aslan is on the move.” The children in the story, of course, do not yet know who Aslan is. But the mere mention of his name stirs something deep within each of them.
Since some of my students aren’t familiar with the story, I didn’t want to give away the ending, but I did mention that Aslan is the Christ-figure in the story. Then I asked my students what stirs inside of them when they hear someone say the name Jesus.
I understand that we hear His name so often that we sometimes take it for granted, and maybe the sound of His name doesn’t always stir something within us.
So I asked my students to close their eyes and think on Him for a few minutes.
With their eyes still closed, I asked my students, “What might it look like if someone were to say to you, this very moment, that Jesus is on the move — in your life — today?”
Then I prayed with my students, and I thanked God that He is still on the move. I asked God to reveal Himself to us and to help us see His fingerprints where He is working, where He is moving.
My prayer ended with a normal amen, and my day continued with its normal routine. Yet, I continued to ponder on these four words from a children’s story.
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Sometimes we can become weary and tired from the daily grind. And sometimes we need to be reminded that the real “Aslan” is still on the move. He is moving and working in our lives daily. He is busy orchestrating events that are yet to unfold, but that are sure to bless our souls.
After my school-day ended, my husband called me in my classroom to tell me the most amazing news.
As you may know, my two younger kids wear glasses. They have since they were each four years old. My daughter loves her glasses and enjoys making a fashion statement with them. But my son has never liked his glasses. He’s very active in sports, so he sweats a lot (like most boys) which makes his glasses slide down his nose all the time, and it really bothers him.
I know that wearing glasses isn’t the end of the world or anything, but Parker has been sensitive about his glasses. He has 20/20 vision in one eye, but very poor vision in the other eye. So for five years now, he has had to wear a patch over his good eye for 30+ minutes a day. This forces him to use his weaker eye, to strengthen it, because a child’s eyes and eye-muscles are still developing until the age of 10.
Well, Parker’s 10th birthday is less than two weeks away, and his annual appointment with the ophthalmologist was this afternoon. The prescription for his glasses improves a little every year, so I’ve been praying for months that his weak eye would improve even more this year because the “window” for strengthening his weak eye is now closing.
While sitting at my desk after school, I prayed for Parker’s eyes and then scanned the room to see where I could hang a poster that says “Aslan is on the move.” Then my phone buzzed…
My husband called to say that the doctor pronounced both of Parker’s eyes strong, and he doesn’t need to wear glasses anymore.
I could hardly believe him. I had hoped and prayed for improvement, yes, but I never expected this outcome.
Friends, I know there is real suffering in the world. And I know that wearing glasses isn’t a huge deal, especially for adults. But for my son, it’s been an issue.
We feel like God gave us a small miracle today. Parker can see with both eyes. This may be a small miracle, but it will make a big difference in the life of one little boy. And as his parents, we are so grateful.
Aslan is on the move.
And something tells me, this is just the beginning.
What might it look like if someone were to say to you, this very moment, that Jesus is on the move — in your life — today?
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