As I study the concept of what brings pleasure to the heart of my God I am particularly struck with the fact that I bring absolutely nothing to God but my thirst. Even then it is He who gives me awareness of my desperate thirst and lets me know that He is the only stream of supply. When I bring my thirst to Him He is pleased to satisfy.
This is what C. S. Lewis taught us in this excerpt from “The Silver Chair,” one of “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
A girl named Jill is lost. She cries and cries and develops a terrible thirst. As she looks for water, she happens upon a stream and eagerly runs toward it. But then she notices a Lion (representing Christ throughout The Chronicles of Narnia) is lying beside it. She stops in her tracks. The Lion, knowing she is thirsty, invites her to come and drink.
“May I – could I – would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill.
The Lion answered only by a look and a very low growl and as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.
The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.
“Will you promise not to – do anything to me, if I do come,” said Jill.
“I make no promise,” said the Lion.
Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.
“Do you eat girls?” she said.
“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,” said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill.
“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.
“Oh dear! Said Jill, coming another step nearer. “I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”
“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.