The time has come to close this year’s Chronicles of Narnia reading challenge–and I, as usual, have not managed to quite accomplish what I set out to do.
My plan, per my introduction post, was to explore how the different characters in Prince Caspian responded to the truth. I also intended to read Roar: A Christian Family Guide to the Chronicles of Narnia–and I checked out one of the old (think, stuffed lion) videos of Prince Caspian out of the library.
I ended up doing only the former–and not as completely as I had intended.
First, I looked at how the four Pevensies came to the conclusion that they were back in Narnia.
Next, I looked at Caspian’s childlike faith and discussed the role of fairy tales in revealing truth.
Third, I discussed how the Telemarine’s suppressed the truth in unrighteousness, inventing ghosts to fear rather than fearing and worshiping Aslan.
Finally, I talked about Trumpkin’s skepticism and his personal road to belief.
I had intended to go one step further and discuss Lucy.
Lucy’s role in Prince Caspian is reminiscent of her role in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. While all four children enter Narnia together this time, Lucy still ends up being something of a guide–with more knowledge than the rest.
Her more knowledge, of course, is a direct result of being the first of the children (and Trumpkin) to see Aslan when He returns from over the sea.
Just like in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the rest of the children don’t believe Lucy’s story. They don’t think she’s lying, like they did then; but they still believe her to be mistaken about having seen Aslan. How can Aslan be there if they can’t see Him?
Because the others don’t believe Lucy, they are unwilling to take the route she suggests. So Lucy finds herself miserably traveling an opposing route–a route that turns out to be ruinous.
When Lucy at last finds herself face to face with Aslan, He comments that much time has been lost that day.
“Yes, wasn’t it a shame?” said Lucy. “I saw you all right. They wouldn’t believe me. They’re all so–”
From somewhere deep inside Aslan’s body there came the faintest suggestion of a growl.
“I’m sorry,” said Lucy, who understood some of his moods. “I didn’t mean to start slanging the others. But it wasn’t my fault anyway, was it?”
The Lion looked straight into her eyes.
“Oh, Aslan,” said Lucy. “you don’t mean it was? How could I – I couldn’t have left the others and come up to you alone, how could I? Don’t look at me like that…oh well, I suppose I could. Yes, and it wouldn’t have been alone, I know, not if I was with you. But what would have been the good?”
Aslan said nothing.
~From Prince Caspian
Lucy knew the truth. She had seen Aslan, had seen him directing where they should go. But when the others refused to listen to her testimony, she turned aside and followed them along a foolish path.
She knew the truth but did not walk in the truth.
In this case, Aslan offers mercy and gives Lucy another chance to follow him. This time, the rest of the group reluctantly give in to follow and all turns out well.
Lucy didn’t know that, couldn’t have known that. She needed to be willing to walk where Aslan led whether or not anyone else came with her.
Of all the things that we can do with the truth, this is the one that I most closely identify with. I know the truth. I believe the truth intellectually. But when it comes to walking in the truth, acting on what I affirm, I often take the path of least resistance.
Oh, that God would work in my heart that I might will and do His good pleasure.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
~3 John 4 ESV
This has been my wrap-up post for this year’s Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge. Follow the link to read what other people have been doing and thinking during this year’s challenge. (If your interested in my past participation in the challenge, you can check out my Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge tag.
3 thoughts on “Truth and Consequence in Prince Caspian”
Oh, how I appreciate your focus on Lucy’s knowledge of truth. It IS hard to walk in the truth as we know it…but difficulty shouldn’t stop us.
I appreciated the truths you drew out and mediated on from Prince Caspian.
I struggle with that, too — following the path of least resistance instead of following the path He wants me to take.
I have a lot of catch up to do around here. But I’m starting at this point.
It’s HARD not to take the path of least resistance. I’m tempted to it time and time and time again. Good reminders, good words.