Inspire me Monday:Dung Coloured Glasses

Inspire Me Monday

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Try taking off your dung coloured glasses ;

you just might discover that you have been acting like the dwarves in Narnia.

There is a scene at the end of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia that has stayed with me for decades. The enemies of Aslan, who is a Christ figure, have imprisoned the children, a few animals, Prince Caspian, as well as disgruntled dwarves in a shed that is dank and dark, filled with putrid straw,  stale water to drink and rotten cabbages to eat. A war against the evil forces rages outside. Outwardly, it seems that all is lost, yet the children, Prince and animals hold on to the belief that Aslan will come and save Narnia. Of course the dwarves mock their ridiculous faith.

Suddenly Aslan appears, vanquishes the enemy and the back of the prison crumbles revealing a glorious sight. It is Narnia, but more resplendent, filled with a radiant light. Everything is more colourful, beautiful, fragrant. It is a resurrected Narnia. Heaven has come to earth. A table, covered with a white cloth and laden with delicacies, beckons them.

Everyone celebrates by feasting on the delicious food laid out before them as they deight in the beauty all around. The dwarves, hang back suspicious and mistrustful. When they finally venture a nibble of a delicacy they spit it out in disgust. All they taste is stale water and rotten cabbages . All they see is the dark, dank prison.

 However, the Dwarves cannot be coaxed out of their cynical, disillusioned existence. They believe that they are right and Aslan has brainwashed everyone else.Blinded by pride, they see themselves as realists yet this stance imprisons them in a miserable existence; they are unable to join in the new life that Aslan offers them.

When we choose to stay miserable, nothing, not riches, nor prestige or a change in circumstances, nothing will change our interior misery. However, practice a bit of cognitive therapy and simply take off those dung coloured glasses, look around you and dance for joy.




6 thoughts on “Inspire me Monday:Dung Coloured Glasses

  1. This is so true, Melanie, “When we choose to stay miserable,” It’s hard to stay compassionate with people who choose to be miserable. It’s a hardening of the heart which results in frightening, eternal circumstances. I seem to remember a scripture about pearls and swine, which may possibly apply here. C.S. Lewis’ lessons tend to stay with us, don’t they? For that I am thankful! Have a blessed week!


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