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I don't know if you have seen the latest Chronicles of Narnia movie, The Dawn Treader, but there was one scene that really got me thinking.
In the scene, Lucy, who has torn out a page from The Book of Incantations, recites the spell to make her beautiful. Lo and behold, Lucy's image of beauty is the image of her sister, Susan. She looks into the mirror, sees herself transformed into her older sister, pushes open the mirror, which then envelopes her into a world in which she no longer exists. Her brothers in this world know nothing of Lucy, of Narnia, or even of Aslan. She realizes her mistake, cries out, and then suddenly, it is just her and Aslan. Aslan talks to her in the mirror and what he says brings her to this conclusion: Wishing she was like her sister meant that she wished herself away. Wishing herself away meant that her siblings never would come to know Narnia, nor Aslan. Her life and their lives -- a completely different story.
I am simply terrible (terrible!) at remembering movie lines so of course, the very words that pierced my soul are lost and I cannot share them with you. However, the premise of the scene, the idea that settled into my heart is this -- God has created us each perfectly according to His plan. If we were created differently, our entire story would change. Is that something that we want to risk? Would I want to re-write my story just to be more beautiful, a faster runner, a smarter gal who could make more money, do more things, see more of the world? What would I have had to trade for those other gifts?
What have I lamented about my life? What have I wished I could have changed?
I remember spending probably half my life overweight -- especially in high school and college. But if I was slender then, I know I would have gotten in trouble -- I probably would have still been just as insecure and willing to latch onto whatever boy crossed my path. It was good that there were only a few boys...
Have you ever wished there was something you could change about yourself that was simply inherent? Can you imagine how your life would have been different had your wishes come true? Would different necessarily been better?
Merry Christmas, sweet friends!