Lauren and Mikaela--identical twins living on opposite coasts--blog about the story of life and their adventures in faith.

12.17.2013

The Last Page



Today, I turned the last page on The Last Battle with Jonah.  Nagged with secret guilt over our failure to read this culmination of our favorite series, he and I finally decided the only remedy was to make the time.  And so, several months ago, we plunged in together, and I read aloud to him this masterpiece by C.S. Lewis.  

Although there were parts that I loved as well as parts with which I did not agree, we made memories reading this dear book.  We gaped at the Ape’s brashness while driving to help clean a friend’s house.  We held our breath in suspense for the king’s life while on our way to dinner.  And with near giddiness we rediscovered our old friend, Reepicheep, in the Wal-Mart parking lot.  But today, at our lunch table, I turned the last page and read the words that will be seared on my heart forever:

“‘The term is over: the holidays have begun.  The dream is ended: this is the morning.’ And as [Aslan] spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them.  And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after.  But for them it was only the beginning of the real story.” 

Even our most festive of holidays here on earth are only a shadow of the holiday of Heaven.  And thus even the most draining of exams in this life is only a part of the school term that will soon be over. 

Yet this short term of life is necessary.  It is God’s term of gift-giving, of sinner-loving, and of saint-commissioning.  It is my chance to fall to the depths of the ocean and find His love still there.  A chance to soar to heights of prowess and find His glory still greater.  A chance to despair that all is lost and the way out gone forever, only to see His saving Hand outstretched toward my shrinking fingers.  A chance to see the holy beauty of God in stark contrast to the wilds of this world. 

This world is only the Shadow-Lands.  It is only the school term; it is but a dream.  It is the landscape seen rushing past a car window.  The dress rehearsal, the prologue, the introduction...to eternity. 

This busy December Tuesday, hold fast to this hope without wavering: the end of the term will come before you know it, and then the holidays will begin!  


Photo Credit: Jonathan Kos-Read

10 comments:

  1. That's so true Lauren!!!!! Thanks for your timely encouragement.
    I always appreciate reading your posts:)

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    1. Thank you for faithful comments--they always encourage me! Enjoy your "mini" holiday away that only foreshadows what awaits each of us in eternity!

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  2. Very true! Thanks for the encouragement, Lauren. :)

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    1. You're welcome, Madi! Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Ahhh! I'm so glad you finished it - truly has some of the best quotes in the whole series!! :)

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    1. Yes! I know, I could have quoted half the book here, but then, well, at that point people might as well just go read the whole book! Now Jonah and I are going to back up to the very beginning, because although I've read all the others except Silver Chair, he has not. Yes, we're sort of doing this backwards!

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  4. Well said, Lauren! Thanks for sharing your picturesque point of view -it is such an encouragement! :)

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    1. Oh, thank you Elsie! It is such a comfort to me to keep this life in perspective. Crazy as things might get, it is only the preface to the amazingness of an eternity spent worshipping Christ, like Mr. Worel shared on Sunday!

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