“There is no other stream…”

May 16, 2011 | My Jottings

My friend Steve sent me this excerpt from C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair recently, and my eyes immediately filled with tears. It’s a scene between the girl named Jill and The Great Lion Aslan…

“Are you not thirsty?” said the Lion.

“I’m dying of thirst,” said Jill.

“May I – could I – would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill.

The Lion answered this 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.

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It is becoming increasingly unpopular these days to assert that Jesus is the door to God. People seem to be okay talking about God, but I’ve noticed that the name of Jesus makes some people uncomfortable. I have not posted this to make anyone uncomfortable, but every now and then I feel inclined to declare my faith in Christ. I do believe He is who He says He is:

Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

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  1. Jessica says:


  2. Carey says:

    Love it! So glad you posted it…

  3. Shari says:

    Good morning, Julie!
    I loved catching up with your blog just now!
    Thank you for your beautiful thoughts… I always love reading your posts 🙂
    Hope you have a blessed day!!
    p.s. Love the picture of you and the red patent leather maryjanes 🙂

  4. Just Julie says:

    Thank you for stopping by, Shari! I’ll bet you have some similar photos of yourself, growing up in SoCal. 🙂 God bless you and yours…

  5. Ganeida says:

    Just as it is ok to rubbish Christianity ~ but not Buddism…or Islam…or Hinduism. Tolerance for everything & everybody except those who declare for Jesus Christ. Still, in a funny old way it makes me think we’ve got it right. If we were wrong Satan wouldn’t bother, would he? ?

  6. Just Julie says:

    I think you’re right Ganeida. Maybe it’s time for you to do a little guest post on this blog now? 😀

  7. Ganeida says:

    Um…ok. You know this freaks me out, don’t you? Blathering all over other people’s space. And I’m really terribly insecure. I know! ;( I don’t sound insecure but remember, I did acting at uni. I can discombobulate very well indeed. ?

  8. Just Julie says:

    I think you are strong enough to do it, Ganeida. I believe in you! 🙂 Let’s talk….

  9. Ganeida says:

    😀 So talk away…I’m listening.

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