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Video Illustration: Narnia movie clip “The Wardrobe.”

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Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.

Based on the beloved classic novel by ‘CS Lewis’, Four London children are sent to a professor’s country home in order for protection during World War II. There they find a magic wardrobe that leads to a mystical land called Narnia, which is being ruled by an evil witch. To defeat the witch, they must join forces with Aslan, the lion God of Narnia. He is a type of Christ and to get from this world to the next they must enter the door of the wardrobe. This is the only gateway to the other world. No other path leads to Narnia only this door.

Scene Setup: The Germans have begun their blitzkrieg of London. In order to keep

them safe, parents all over the city are sending their children to stay with friends and

relatives in rural areas of the country. Four siblings are sent to a great old mansion

where only an aged professor and his uptight housekeeper live peacefully tucked

away. The children, growing bored of sitting quietly, decide to play a game of hide

and seek. Lucy, the youngest, opens a door that hasn't been opened in a long time.

Application: As the story unfolds we learn about a prophecy...that once Aslan is on

the move again, four human children will come to Narnia and help set the nation free

from evil. Yet, at the beginning of the story, it's hard to see God at work…. It seems

that a little child has simply found a good hiding place. Nevertheless, in hindsight, we

can see God directing the children to choose a game where she would be forced to go

into strange places; then, gently prompt her to open the door; then, help her risk

taking off the wardrobe cover; and finally, give her the courage to step into a place

that she would never have discovered otherwise…. So subtle, yet certainly something a great God could arrange.

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