Edmund: So, what was it like… when Aslan changed you back?
Eustace: No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t do it myself. Then he came towards me. It sort of hurt, but… it was a good pain. You know, like when you pull a thorn from your foot.
I caught a portion of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader yesterday afternoon. I kept watching because I wanted to hear the above conversation between Edmund and Eustace again.
I love how Eustace describes the transformation process from dragon back to young boy. His answer is such an accurate explanation of our own journeys to healing and recovery.
- We can’t do it on our own
- We need a power bigger than us to step into the pain with us
- The process will hurt
- Yet, despite the pain, there is a strange beauty about the whole process because we hold tightly to a hope that is quietly reassuring us there will be freedom waiting on the other side of the pain
- And that freedom will be accompanied by overflowing relief and gratitude
I love how this scene brings up so many thoughts on true transformation. True transformation changes us completely. It’s a change that happens not only on the outside but on the inside too.
I also love how Eustace’s answer is basically his testimony in five little sentences. He didn’t give an elaborate speech. He shared his journey and his story from his heart: I couldn’t do it myself, I needed Aslan’s help. It wasn’t all sunshine and flowers. It did hurt. But, oh! It was worth it!
At the beginning of the movie Eustace was a jerk. He was a spoiled rotten child who cared only about himself. Eustace was a fire-breathing dragon hiding in a young boy’s body. His painful journey was a necessary part of his transformation process. It was the pain that humbled him. It was the pain that opened his eyes fully to truth, the truth about himself and the truth about Aslan.
“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 Message