The Deeper Magic — What We Long For

deeper magic, white witch, narniaWe all crave to live with real wonder, in harmony with the Deeper Magic. Aren’t you weary of a lesser magic? … a magic which deceives, drawing us into a death spiral.

It means that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards. (C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

Yes, there is a Deep Magic which has most things under its spell. The White Witch had a right to kill traitors to the true Kingdom. What the Witch doesn’t know is that a deeper magic is written over all things.

It’s this deeper magic that we want …

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Extreme Mountain Biking on the Cuillin Ridgeline

Danny Macaskill is a Scottish daredevil, an extreme mountain cyclist. In this short film he returns to the Isle of Skye, Scotland, his native home, and defies death on the Cuillin Ridgeline.

As I watched this, I thought about risk tolerance. Am I too risk-averse? I’m not going to bike a ridgeline. But there are other areas to think about. Macaskill inspires us to transcend our territory in life and work …

Are We Willing to Follow Jesus into the Unknown?

follow JesusThe Israelites were cloud-led by day, fire-led by night. The Presence was the priority. Are we fully open to Jesus as a master leader … a master teacher? Or do we merely worship inductive Bible study? Or liturgy?

Jesus says things like “Learn from me”  and “I will make you free”  when we first encounter him.  But the primary thing we hear is “Follow me.”

We quickly discover he is unpredictable to our ways …

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Heaven Can Breathe Anything into Your World

soil, breath of life

He specializes in mixing dust with breath… He can breathe anything into your world.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. — Genesis 2:7 NKJV

This is the life-essence of our origin as humans—the mixing of dust with heaven’s breath.

Can we not believe, then, that He can breathe anything into our personal world? This is where it begins. The personal world. Then, with lives overflowing, He renews and continues to create in the world-at-large through us.

You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth. — Psalm 104:30 NKJV

Is there dust in your personal world? Does something need to come into existence ex nihilo—out of nothing? Or is there dust because something has decayed and needs to be restored?

And then, where is it in the larger world that you long to see His breath fill the earth through you?

Be inspired. He specializes in mixing dust with His breath… He can breathe anything into your world.


Don’t Worry About the HOW. The WHY and the VISION are What Matters.

God is Ginormous… so Play Big!

image credit: Marsel Minga (creative commons, flickr)