I’ve just finished watching Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It is my favorite book of the Narnia series. While the movie missed many details from the original story, it did a good job of capturing the moral of the tale: temptations will lead us away from the purpose of our lives. If we give in to them, it could cost us our lives.
In the movie, those temptations manifest as the “green mist.” It can change form, whisper things, and promises whatever the heart desires. It can even manifest into one’s greatest fears. As the heroes of the story travel through the land of Narnia on their quest, they encounter the remains of fallen kings that have bought into the lies of the mist - many of them dead, three in an eternal sleep, and one driven to madness.
Lucy, Edmond, Eustace, and Caspian, the main characters of the story, encountered temptations of their own. Lucy almost cast a spell that wished away her existence because she wanted to be her sister so badly. The mist promised to make her whoever she wishes to be. Edmond, tempted by the promise of riches and power, almost killed Caspian. Eustace, hoarded a dragon’s treasures, and turned into a dragon himself. All of them were saved from destruction, by the power or influence of Aslan, who is essentially God in the Narnian world.
Watching this movie was a good reminder to myself that every day, there are advertisement, companies, and people that will make many promises to make us more beautiful, more successful, more desirable, more famous, more rich, more happy, but all of those things lack true substance - once achieved, they bring nothing but emptiness.
Only God can give us what we truly desire from the depths of our hearts, and that desire is for Himself - to be in His presence, and to enjoy Him with the people we hold dear to us. Nothing else will suffice except the love of our lord Jesus Christ.