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Author Thomas Williams writes about an encounter a girl named Jill has with Aslan in another book in the series, “The Silver Chair”. Jill is alone and desperately thirsty in unknown woods, she comes upon a stream, but between her and the water sits the great Lion. Aslan tells her that she can drink, but the terrified girl wants assurance that she will not be eaten. When he refuses to promise, Jill determines to find another stream, but He tells her, “There is no other stream.” Aslan wants her to have the life-giving water, but she wants it on her own terms. She wants fulfillment without God. Aslan ignores her desire for safety, insisting that she take the risk of encountering God, who is the ultimate satisfaction of all needs and desires. God wants us happy, but as Lewis explains elsewhere, “It is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there.” Williams concludes: “It would not be loving for God to let us off the hook when our desire for comfort and safety causes us to avoid him….“No, Aslan is neither safe nor tame, but in every instance his severity is ultimately revealed as love. When he greets the penitent Lucy after her failure to follow him, he kisses her, breathes his sweet breath on her and enfolds her tenderly. Such scenes fill the pages of Narnia, giving us a picture of God so magnetic and appealing that it’s no wonder many children (and adults too) fall in love with Jesus after meeting Aslan.

(The Heart of the Chronicles of Narnia, W Publishing Group, 2005, pp. 8-9)

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