No Call Without a Caller, Part 3

by Derrick G. Jeter

The Caller who Calls

 

So, who is this Caller who calls? In his classic children’s tale, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis beautifully weaves the story of four London children, brothers and sisters, who are sent to the English countryside to live with an old Professor during the battle of Britain. While playing hide-and-seek in the Professor’s large creaky house, Lucy, the youngest, hides in a wardrobe and discovers behind the fur coats there lays a magical land. There, in the land of Narnia, she befriends a faun, Mr. Tumnus. Wanting to introduce her brothers and sister to him, Lucy rushes back through the wardrobe and tells Peter, Susan, and Edmund all that had happened to her. They naturally do not believe her, until Edmund investigates himself. Passing through the wardrobe Edmund doesn’t meet Mr. Tumnus, but encounters the White Witch who bewitches him with Turkish Delight. The Witch promises Edmund more as soon as he brings his brother and sisters to her castle, where she plans to turn them into stone. Eventually, all the children come to Narnia and discover that Mr. Tumnus has been taken captive by the White Witch. Wanting to free Mr. Tumnus from the clutches of the Witch, the children are helped by Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, who tell of a lion who has begun to prowl about. In their beaver lodge, over dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver prepare the children to meet the Lion.

 

“Is—is he a man?” asked Lucy.

 

“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. “Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion—the Lion, the great Lion.”

 

“Ooh!” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

 

“That you will dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”

 

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

 

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” [1]

 

Who is the Caller who calls? The Caller is the Lion of Lewis’s story. He’s not some mangy alley cat roaming around looking for victims to pounce on. He’s “a lion—the Lion, the great Lion.” He walks about with regal dignity, roaring with majestic clarity to those who have ears to hear. He is not safe, mind you—he is fierce and wild and free—but he is good. He is the one who placed eternity within your heart. He is the one who created you for nobility. He is the one who calls you to a unique eternal purpose. This Lion, this Caller, is the most significant Person that every lived—Jesus Christ. If you long to decipher the mystery of your life, to answer your incomparable calling, to live eternally with nobility, you must begin by listening—if you have ears to hear—to the Caller’s call: “Follow me.”

 

[1] C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in The Complete Chronicles of Narnia (New York: HarperCollins, 1998), 99.

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