Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 1 Devotional: Why We Wonder
September 17th, 2009
After you’ve heard “Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 1,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard Part 1, check out the Media Player starting September 19. You can also find a station in your area.)
by Jonathan Friday
Kyle and Anna’s adventure in the land of Marus begins today. And to think it all happened when Kyle fell through the floorboards…and didn’t land on earth!
What makes this sort of adventure so fun to imagine? Why do we love the idea of traveling to “other worlds?” Don’t tell me that I’m the only one who’s wondered if there really is something over the rainbow, who’s tried to step through his mirror, or who checks the backs of wardrobes – just in case!
It seems we all share a desire for another world outside our own. It’s not that we don’t like our own world – it’s just that we long for another! C.S. Lewis, creator of the world of Narnia, had an idea about why stories like “Passages” appeal to us. He wrote in his famous book Mere Christianity, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
You know what? He’s right. We are made for another world. If you’ve accepted Christ, you’ve taken your first steps toward a new land. See, Jesus made it pretty clear that he’s from another world when he said, “You are from below. I am from above” (John 8:23). He also said that his kingdom “is not of this world” (John 18:36). When we declare allegiance to Jesus, we begin a life of preparation for that world. Every Christian is just waiting for the chance to get to that land – heaven. 2 Peter 3:13 says, “We are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth.”
So the next time you find yourself testing out floorboards in creaky houses, hoping to find yourself in Marus – remember: it’s okay to hope for “another world”…because it actually does exist. Hope to see you in it!
What kinds of imaginary worlds have you dreamed about? Tell us in the comments below!
- Get a summary and discussion questions for Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 1.
- Check out the Passages website.
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