The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
- 1 Kings 19:11-13
How lovely is your dwelling place,
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.
- Psalm 84:1-4
“So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
- Matthew 10:26-31
SPOILER ALERT IN CASE YOU HAVE NOT READ The Horse and His Boy. This dialogue describes a lot that happens in the first two thirds of the book.
“’There was but one: but he was very swift of foot.’
“’How do you know?’
“’I was the lion.’ And as Shasta gaped with open mouth and said nothing, the Voice continued. ‘I was the lion that forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat that comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the Horses the new strength of fear for the last mile so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so it came to shore near where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you.’
“Then it was you who wounded Aravis?’
“’It was I.’
“’But what for?’
“’Child, said the Voice, ‘I am telling you your story, not hers. I tell no-one any story but his own.’
“’Who are you?’ asked Shasta.
“’Myself,’ said the Voice, very deep and low so that the earth shook: and again ‘Myself,’ loud and clear and gay: and then a third time ‘Myself,’ whispered so softly you could hardly hear it, and yet it seemed to come from all around you as if the leaves rustled with it.”
- C. S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy (emphasis the author’s)
The first Scripture must be the source for the final bit of dialogue between Shasta and Aslan, although Shasta had no idea to whom he was speaking at that moment.
The next two Scriptures speak of God’s care for us compared to His care for sparrows. Aslan speaks of being the feline at every step of the way on the wild journey from the moment Shasta was abandoned after birth until that moment.
Lewis is using this dialogue to explain how God is always there; He is always guiding us, orchestrating events. It would be maddening for us to do that, as some try, for our immediate family members. Almost everything that God does for us affects other people.
In this example, Aslan is reminded that he scratched Aravis. Aslan tells Shasta that he is telling the “Shasta” story. Later in the book, Aslan says the same thing to Aravis, that he was only telling her story to her, not someone else’s. For us to keep track of all the primary collateral damage would be near impossible, but to track what those actions caused, and the secondary effects would be mind-boggling, not to mention the tertiary effects.
Yet, God is sovereign, and He orchestrates matters for each of our lives, allowing us to stumble if we so choose, and He allows us pleasures and pains according to His will. While we are the major character in our story, we are a supporting character in other stories, pawns in other stories, and yet walk-on characters in crowd scenes in the stories of even others.
Is it not awesome that God cares that much for us.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.