“My fault, the destruction of Charn was never my fault.” I still remember writing those words in a short story as part of a high school writing assignment. Looking up from my notebook, I reread my assignment and the story. Read the destruction of Charn from Lewis’ Magician’s Nephew, and write the reply from the point of view of the queen’s sister. But what brought on that discussion between Digory, Polly, and the queen?
It was a decision.
Digory had made the decision of ignoring the warning that stood right in front of him and struck the bell. Which, as anyone who’s read the book knows, woke the queen and brought on the events of the creation of Narnia and the storytelling adventures that follow, belovedly known as The Chronicles of Narnia. What if he listened and didn’t strike it? What would’ve happened if he hadn’t even picked up the hammer in the first place?
There would be a different story.
We have all been Digory Kirk. We’ve all made decisions that cause other events to take place, and we don’t realize them until later. Just like when Digory didn’t see the result of his decision until Jadis broke a piece off of the lamppost in London and “planted” it in Narnia. So, what would be different about the Narnia story then?
- There would be no Wardrobe.
The wardrobe was created out of a magical tree, from an apple that Digory had retrieved from the land of the eternal living to save his mother’s life. This tree fell in a storm, and since Digory, who was a professor at the time, wanted the wood to be put to good use, he turned it into a wardrobe.
- There would be no Queen Jadis.
Jadis would still have been in Charn, under her own spell, rather than ruling Narnia with an eternal winter, symbolizing eternal death. She also wouldn’t have needed a traitor’s blood sacrifice to keep Narnia from being destroyed if a traitor lived. (Thus the conversation about Edmund)
- There would be no need for the Pevensie children.
The Pevensie children were prophesied to defeat the White Witch and restore peace once again to Narnia. Notice, they were referred to as children, where Peter, the oldest, was a teenager. They were responsible for freeing and ruling Narnia, as children! Also, there wouldn’t be any need for them because all would’ve been right anyway. So there wouldn’t be any big battle with the White Witch to have.
- It all started with Uncle Andrew.
Andrew Ketterley. The creator of the rings that started Digory’s adventures in the first place. Had Digory chosen to not even take Andrew up on his offer, there would be no story past the first book. And since there wouldn’t be any story chronically past Magician’s Nephew, we wouldn’t have those favorite scenes, favorite conversations, favorite characters in either the books or the movies now.
How can this be applied to today? Well, that answer is very simple. As a matter of fact, it’s so simple it’s hard to do. There are 525,600 minutes in one year with 60 seconds in one minute. This means that we each have 31,536,000 seconds in a year’s worth of decision making. For me, once I thought about it, those numbers became all too real. Think about it, how many conscience or sub conscious decisions do we make in a 24 hour time period?
Throughout the Bible, there are countless examples of decisions being made, I think that God has those stories recorded for a purpose. For us to learn from them, and to show how He is able to use anyone, anytime, at anyplace. For example:
The Twelve Disciples. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, Peter, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Thaddaeus, Simon, and Judas. These twelve men followed Christ during His 3-year ministry on earth before the crucifixion. Each of them had their own beliefs on who Christ was and even though through the decisions that they individually made, (Peter denying Christ, Judas betraying Him, etc.) most of these men are known as the pillars of the Christian church. Why? Because they could see who Jesus was and knew that following Him, would be the best decision they ever made. Even though they knew that it could cost them their lives.
So, what story are we writing? What decisions are we making, and based off of those decisions, who is being affected? Are we being Digory, not listening to sound wisdom and doing our own thing, or are we wanting and willing to make a difference?