Yes, this is another post about Narnia.
And I'm not even a little bit sorry.
To be honest, I didn't plan on writing another post about this magical land that has inexplicably woven its spell over my heart and soul.
But then I went to the blog of a friend and read her newest post (which you can read at http://avoiceofpraise.blogspot.com/)...and that set me off again.
Because there, in her own post on the land of Narnia, she opened another tiny wardrobe door to my soul...this one not quite as happy and fanciful as those in the past.
It was the idea of never going back.
For as much as there is a sense of beauty and passion in each visit to Narnia by each little group, there is always that moment...first tasted by Peter and Susan, and then heartbreakingly continued with Edmund and Lucy...
...that moment when they are told "you will never come back to Narnia."
To be honest, Peter and Susan's final moments in Narnia never struck such a wrenching chord in me as those of Edmund and Lucy.
Perhaps it is because Peter and Susan never seemed to need Narnia the way that their two younger siblings did.
Peter was the oldest. Proud and strong, the High King. Once there, he immediately staked his claim as a King. It was almost as if he didn't need anyone else.
Susan was the oldest girl. Beautiful, gentle, and beloved almost immediately. In fact, her pride never died, and she was the only one of the four who, once home for the final time, abandoned Narnia entirely.
It was Edmund -- the broken traitor, the forgiven one. It was Lucy -- the innocent one, the first believer, the one with the closest connection to the Great Lion Himself. These are the two that needed it more than anyone else.
And they are final of the Kings and Queens to be told that their time had come to its end.
But I will never deny that Aslan had a plan. I will never take away His credit. He knew what He was doing.
He knew they had lives to live, futures to embrace...and he knew their time in their own world would be short-lived.
For soon, they would come to Him forever.
They would pass through the Shadowlands in a loud and twisted train accident...they would pass over the silver wave, and come to Him forever.
They simply had to wait.
And while their first visits were beautiful, this final resting place was beyond all words and all imagining.
So for myself, I will visit Narnia while I may...reaching out fragile fingers from this world to the other, touching only the barest corners...
...patiently awaiting the day when I will crest the silver wave, and make my home in Aslan's Country forever.
I wait for the dream to end.
I linger at twilight...for I cannot wait for the morning.
It started out as a feeling / Which then grew into a hope / Which then turned into a quiet thought / Which then turned into a quiet word. / And then that word grew louder and louder / Until it was a battle cry. I'll come back / When you call me / No need to say goodbye...Regina Spektor, The Call