Spiritual Trainers

John Bunyan, George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and others accepted imagination as one of the gifts of God and worthy as a means of Christian witness.

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) fiction, use of allegory:

“Jill’s thirst is now so persistent that she must have water even if the lion catches her. In a heavy, golden voice the lion finally asks,  ‘Are you thirsty?’ ‘I’m dying of thirst.’ ‘Then drink,’ says the lion. ‘I daren’t come and drink.’ ‘Then you will die of thirst.’ Taking a step nearer, Jill says, ‘I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.’ ‘There is no other stream.’ Now frantic with thirst, Jill proceeds to the sparkling stream and drinks, the coldest, most refreshing water she has ever tasted.” Thus Jill meets Aslan, the Christ figure of Chronicles of Narnia.

Consider:

Can you imagine Lewis reading the verse in John 7:37 — “If any of you is thirsty, come to Me and drink” and then penning the passage in The Silver Chair? When have you drunk deeply of God’s refreshment?