“Then you will discover all that is just, proper, and fair,
and be empowered to make the right decisions
as you walk into your destiny…and keep to the paths of righteousness (Proverbs 2:9 -20).”
A dear friend of mine once told me that God “has a path of righteousness for us all”.
For over a year now, I’ve mulled over the meaning of this statement.
What’s a path of righteousness?
Does God have a destiny for us?
Do we choose it or does God allow things to happen, so we find it as we are obedient to him?
It makes me think about a chapter in the book, “The Horse and His Boy,” which is a part of the Chronicles of Narnia series, and happens to be my favorite one.
The main character in this book, Shasta, embarks on a journey to avoid being sold into slavery with a horse from Narnia – Bree. Along the way, they discover a plot against Queen Susan (In this book, the children of the wardrobe are all grown up and ruling Narnia) and race to warn the “good guys”.
As Shasta nears the end of his adventure, he becomes lost in a fog and starts to become depressed when, all of a sudden, an “invisible companion” starts to walk beside him.
Shasta asks the Thing if he is a giant, if he is a dead being, and if he can just go away.
The Thing responds by breathing hot air into Shasta’s face and saying, “that is not the breath of a ghost, tell me your sorrows” *.
So, Shasta unloads on this mysterious presence in the mountains and explains how he is the most unfortunate boy who has ever lived.
The Thing reveals himself as a lion and says:
“I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis (a friend he met on the way). I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the horses the new strength of fear for the last mile so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you.”*
Once again, Shasta asks the being who he was, and he responded by saying “Myself” three times.
And then, Shasta narrates:
“Somewhere ahead he could hear birds singing. He knew the night was over at last… A golden light fell on them, he thought it was the sun. He turned and saw… a Lion. It was from the Lion that the light came. No one ever saw anything more terrible or beautiful.”*
On Shasta’s journey, he felt like many things had gone wrong, but really, Aslan (the Lion, the High King of Narnia) was with him every step of the way, guiding him towards the right direction and leading him home.
I won’t spoil this book for you, but in the end, Shasta finds his destiny. (This story reminds me of when Elijah encounters God on the mountain after fleeing from the evil queen Jezebel in 1 Kings 19).
The author of the Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis, was a renowned Christian Philosopher. I’m certain that Shasta’s “mountain top experience” also has a broader metaphor for us.
God is with us every step of the way, even if our lives feel full of fog and the unknown.
We have to trust that God is always there, nudging us in the right direction, even if we can’t always distinguish his hand moving in the background or if he feels invisible to us.
So, in the end, I think each person has a different “path of righteousness” God wants to lead them on. It’s a path that might be uncommon to the world, but one where the very presence of God is walking with us until the mist clears, the morning sun comes out and the birds begin to sing – and we realize the night is over as the Light was with us the entire time.
In love and truth,
*Lewis, C. S. (1954). The Unwelcome Fellow Traveler. In C. S. Lewis (Author), The Horse and His Boy. Art by Pauline Baynes. New York, NY: HarperCollins.
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