“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the king I tell you.”
– The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
I am in the process of reading this book. I am trying to read all the series because I never had. But I do remember this scene in the movie. I didn’t think it was that important until Dr. Lane of my Old Testament Literature and Interpretation class explained this little section of the book/movie.
They were obviously talking about Aslan. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver were explaining to Peter, Susan, Edward, and Lucy about Aslan. The great Lion. The King of Narnia. Mr. Beaver detailed Aslan as a magnificent and fearless ruler and king of Narnia. Lucy, being the youngest one and certainly afraid of a lion asks the question, “Is He safe?” Now that’s a normal question, but aren’t lions…assumed not safe? Maybe Lucy saw something most people don’t. Lucy saw Aslan, not as a normal lion, but something magnificent. She didn’t put Aslan in the same category with the other lions just yet, she had to make sure He was different. And He was, is, and will always be.
I love how C.S. Lewis answered Lucy’s question. “‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the king I tell you.” Not safe, but good. There is a huge difference in those two words.
We cannot sin all we want and then just go to God on Sundays, revivals, retreats, missions and say “SAFE!” No. When we say God is good, we are saying He is just and merciful.
And He is king. Don’t be fooled. God cannot be mocked [Galatians 6:7]