After a wonderful and relaxing summer (the weather was amazing and living was so easy) as in the natural and so in the spiritual we are in a new season: a now time of surprises where God’s breath is blowing off the covers of darkness. His roar of justice is shaking the nations. God’s power and majesty reinforces His sovereignty in the Church and in the earth.
Talking of the roaring Lion of Judah, our friend Sharon Jebb Smith – who recently stayed at our retreat for the month of September – reflects on a recent experience with Frank, our own in-house Aslan:
“Those of you who have stayed at Trelowarren Retreat in the last couple of years will have got to know Frank, the Italian Spinone. A gentle, playful, beautiful dog, who walks with the gait of a lion, and the bushy beard of a Father Christmas. You can’t help but love him, even if, once in a while, his wet beard lurches rather too close for comfort!
After one such moment, someone pointed out to me that there are times when Frank could be seen as an Aslan-figure, and in that sense rather like God. For being in Frank – or Aslan – or God’s company, is so often delightful. But equally there are times when we aren’t comfortable in Frank, or Aslan, or God’s presence, as he challenges us to change, to step out of our comfort zone, to accept the world which he inhabits, rather than the world in which we try to keep things safe and tidy. As Susan asks of Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, ‘Is he safe?’ – and Mr Beaver replies, “Safe? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.”
In a similar way, Trelowarren Retreat allows God to challenge us to step out of the tidy or ordered world that we have created around ourselves, and to live in the dangerous world of God. But like the Pevensie children, those of us who go to this thin place know that it is Aslan who makes Narnia alive. It is he who brings the stone statues back to life, and it is he who brings spring after long winters. And that is what this retreat centre aims to allow God to do.”
If you wish to book Sharon to speak at an event you are holding, or simply wish to connect with her please visit www.jebbsmith.com
Sharon will also be hosting a weekend at the retreat in 2019 – ‘Inspired by CS Lewis’ – perfect for budding writers or anyone who finds inspirations through his work. Dates to be confirmed.