I had no idea. I really did not. This is one of C.S. Lewis’ most popular quotes as I discovered when I did a Google search.
I also do not know who created the lovely image I found on Google to give credit where credit is due. But I do know Who inspired such a beautiful thought. The God of the universe who gave us His inspired Word, the most powerfully truthful love letter ever written, tells His children over and over again. Be strong! Be of good courage! Be not afraid!
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by the famed author C.S. Lewis contains this comforting quote, “Courage, Dear Heart.”
As Lewis tells the story of an unexpected sea voyage adventure by siblings, they are trapped in a magically evil location where the darkness is so thick you cannot see your hand in front of your face. In this horrible place their worst nightmares start coming to life. It is a tiny glimpse of the true realities of a real, eternal place called hell. Lucy, the youngest, most vulnerable member of the crew, is suddenly comforted by a small break in the darkness and a glimpse of a white bird flying above her.
“But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, “Courage, dear heart,” and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan’s, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Living with chronic illness brings its own darkness and deep discouragement to those around it. It is not enough to try and screw up our own courage. We need the Spirit of God speaking God’s words of love and comfort to our inner being. There are so many passages of Scripture that speak of the amazing love of God for His own sons and daughters that I do not know where to begin. So, I will pass along some random words from the Bible and pray that God’s Word will speak courage and love to you like His personal whisper in your ear. Don’t let the darkness swallow you up!
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved;) Ephesians 2:4-5