Something about good stories makes me long to be the characters–heroic, simple, pure and plain, witty, just, true, beautiful. I was reading Prince Caspian the other day and began to have that wish again, that I were such a young man as he, destined for a throne which I must fight to win from the hands of wicked men. Surrounded by goodly men and brave, I would battle and calculate and consider and decide in every hour the acts of faith which would lead me thus (always humbly thankful that there is a great Lion standing tense nearby, dangerous in His goodness and eager that I should have the day’s victory). What a difference comes to a man who knows he is meant for greatness…
(Even as I write, I wonder, can you follow my thinking when I say that this knowledge and greatness are no arrogant thing? For a man may be truly great and all the while know He Who is greater still; a man may speak and act with supernatural authority, because he himself is under authority. This is what I mean…)
…such a man may dare great things indeed! But surely I do fight wickedness within that I might win the prize, and a part of that prize is a crown! So I think of it–how would I live if I knew that I were one day to rule a great kingdom? How would you?
I was wondering about this yesterday as I sat on a very large rock on Signal Mountain, looking out across the river valley, and my journal alone receives those thoughts, but here is a sum: we who belong in Christ, and are found in Him, we are also co-heirs with Him, and His promises are true which tell of the heaven and earth to come. We are stewards and slaves of nature now, but then we shall be masters and kings! Not gods but kings; kings and kingdoms are His and in His hands, and so shall we be, rulers of dominions and kings of kingdoms, and He shall be our King of kings!
Have you ever looked at life in such a way? Perhaps not…it seems the stuff of egomaniacal cults or selfish religions, and I hope you understand I am not urging any man to embrace Christ for the sake of dominion. Whenever I look out across great spaces of the earth, I am immediately struck by the complete sensation that I am both master of the earth (by God’s original command) and but a tiny, fallen creature in it! God made man ruler over the earth; yet even the smallest of that earth’s boulders might dash my head to bits. So we are weak: we do not come to Christ that we might have power of our own–truly we come as beggars and enemies of God, desperate beyond hope that we might only Live and delight in His power.
And still, God has plainly told us we shall reign with Christ that we might be blessed by this knowledge! We shall never be as worms or microbes, nor the beasts of the field; we shall be kings and queens! In the grand scheme, a king is still a very small thing, smaller probably than we even imagine…yet with a greatness, too, which our common days and common efforts rarely afford us.
By grace, look at your day today from the eyes of an heir apparent to a throne…
::Edit:: I had the privilege of spending a few hours with Claire this afternoon, just singing and playing some of our songs, recording them for a project she has in business class. She was kind enough to let me ruin some of her songs (by dreadful drumming and other accompaniment–grin), but in all the songs sounded really awesome and she should be very proud! If you have not had the pleasure of hearing her sing, you are totally missing out on a blessing from the Lord…I recommend you visit her page and pester her till she sings for you or sends you a cd.