What Do You Long For?
“Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.”
In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when the Beavers inform the children that Aslan is on the move, the children feel a strange stirring in their hearts. Peter in particular says he’s “longing” to meet this Aslan.…he doesn’t say he’s curious; he says he’s longing, and that carries a very different meaning….
To long for something means you’ve had it in your mind for a while, the way you fix your heart on getting that iPod for Christmas…. Longing carries with it the concept of desire.
Yearning Desire. It’s a theme that weaves throughout the life and works of C. S. Lewis. In Surprised by Joy, he introduces the concept of longing as the signature quest of his childhood and young adulthood.
It wasn’t until Lewis converted to Christianity that he eventually realized what he’d been longing for: God. Not the Norse gods of the pagan world, not even the gods or spirits of fantasy worlds, but the God of the Bible — a real, living Being in whom we can have life forever.
With our own friends, part of our role is to help them understand that their longing comes from an inborn desire to know the King of the universe. And, like the Beavers with Peter, we are to tell our friends about the King — that his return is imminent, that he is on the move even now.
We’re all longing to meet the true King. Will you recognize his name when you hear it? Will you help others do the same?
Adapted from Walking Through the Wardrobe by Sarah Arthur (Tyndale) pp 77-83
Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House