Remember the Signs

CS Lewis wrote in his famous Narnia series:
Aslan: “But, first, remember, remember, remember the signs. Say them to yourself when you wake in the morning and when you lie down at night, and when you wake in the middle of the night. And whatever strange things may happen to you, let nothing turn your mind from following the signs. And secondly, I give you a warning. Here on the mountain I have spoken to you clearly: I will not often do so down in Narnia. Here on the mountain, the air is clear and your mind is clear; as you drop down into Narnia, the air will thicken. Take great care that it does not confuse your mind. And the signs which you have learned here will not look at all as you expect them to look, when you meet them there. That is why it is so important to know them by heart and pay no attention to appearances. Remember the signs and believe the signs. Nothing else matters.”

Moses recorded in Dueteronomy:
Lord God: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates”

The world is changing so quickly. We laugh at things that were considered heartbreak 20 years ago. We find things that we considered sweet and normal 15 years ago a bit disturbing. Things that made me feel uncomfortable to talk about 10 years ago are normal everyday topics. Problems my children want to talk about, I couldn’t even have imagined would be part of their lives 5 years ago, but we talk about them because they are now part of our culture. So often I feel overwhelmed with the rapid cultural changes. Some days I’m not sure what I am to be outraged by, what I am to laugh at, what I am to feel disgusted by, what I can share my opinion about. Somedays I think I’m not sure what I am to think.

Then I remember there was a time when the air was clear, when my mind was clear, when I believed because believing brought clear direction to my life. So I go back to the Mountain, I open the Word and I remember. I begin to talk about the signs, repeat the commands, impress them upon my heart, share them with my children. The signs never change, they continue to guide even when things, ideas, values seem to be so muddled. When the signs are clear I am at peace. When the Word is my constant companion I am at rest. When I know what I know to be true I have no reason to fear and I am free to love.


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