C.S. Lewis quote from The Silver Chair -- There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan. From a devotional meditation at AnExtraordinaryDay.net


“Don’t you mind,” said Puddleglum. “There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan.”
The Silver Chair


I enjoy reading snippets of C.S. Lewis.  So much so that I subscribe to a daily C.S. Lewis devotional.  In actuality, these are not devotionals in the typical sense but are bite-sized excerpts of Lewis’ writings from his many books.  Don’t tell anyone, but I haven’t read the Chronicles of Narnia series.  I haven’t even seen the movies.  However, one winter, my husband did read the first book to me as we sat by the fire in the evenings.  That was pretty special.  That’s probably why I enjoy reading these small portions of the famous “children’s” novels when they come to my inbox, but I digress.

Regarding the quote from The Silver Chair, I should mention, Aslan is a great lion in the Narnia books and is an allegorical reference to Jesus.


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My good friend called me and shared how her husband received some unsettling and unexpected news.  She needed to process it.  And I was a good sounding board. (Or at least I hope I was.) Maybe it was that conversation that caused these words to jump off the screen when I read them…

 “Don’t you mind,” said Puddleglum. “There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan.” —The Silver Chair

Our lives are filled with accidents and what we call coincidences.

So when I read,  “There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan.” It occurred to me that usually when the mishaps, bad events, and happenstances of life take place… they are our focus.  Our thoughts and actions immediately surround them.

What if…

What if we would look at our situations from a different perspective.

What if we looked to see where our guide, Jesus, is leading us?


A devotional meditation asking the question, What if we looked to see where our guide, Jesus, is leading us at AnExtraordinaryDay.net


On the heels of a big life-change this week, I was reading some excerpts of C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity.  Good stuff.  And I thought, “Girl, you need to get the book.”  Wouldn’t you know it, the next day, we were doing a little garage “sailing” and my husband pulled Mere Christianity out from the 50 cent box and held it up.  I’m pretty sure you can guess my response to him.

I don’t consider that an accident or mere happenstance.  Instead, I think I have a divine appointment with that book.  And I’m pretty sure that the Lord guided us there for more than the $2 lamp I purchased.  Undoubtedly there is something within those pages that will open my eyes to knowing Him in a deeper richer way.

As far as my life-change events… I’m still processing them.  But, I’m going to process them now within the framework of… our guide is Aslan Jesus.


What’s “happened” in your life this past week?

Look to see how Jesus might be guiding you.

What is it He is trying to show you?

What is it He may be wanting you to do?

Or maybe, where does He want you to go?


Whether your “accident” was something incidental or life-altering… remember:

“There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan.”


I love these verses that remind us how the Lord guides us through all the circumstances in life…

The Lord will continually guide you
and satisfy you even in sun-baked places.
He will strengthen your bones.
You will become like a watered garden
and like a spring whose water does not stop flowing.

Isaiah 58:11

The Lord says, “I will instruct you. I will teach you the way that you should go. I will advise you as my eyes watch over you. Psalm 32:8

The Lord says,
“I will instruct you.
I will teach you the way that you should go.
I will advise you as my eyes watch over you.

Psalm 32:8


This week… don’t look at your circumstances… look to your Lord and Guide.


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It’s JoyDay!


And time to fill up our hearts with joy.

Please join me in thinking back over the past week and counting seven things for which you are thankful.  This simple exercise of counting our thanks is something we do each week to reset our compasses and put our eyes back on the Lord.

I’ll start…

Thank you God for…

  1. being my constant and trustworthy Guide.
  2. a wonderful holiday with picture perfect weather and showing me the driftwood that I could “fish” for and the stranger who joined in the “fishing,” too.
  3. my dear friend who intercedes in prayer and follows your nudges.
  4. orchestrating the details of my week in ways only YOU could do.
  5. blessing me with a $12 table, $40 dresser and mirror–delivered!, and so much more!
  6. my husband as he chooses a good attitude when it would be easy to do quite the opposite.
  7. being our Redeemer, Restorer, Rebuilder, and our future Hope.

Now…it’s YOUR turn!

List your ‘seven’ in the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts’ section below.  You’ll be glad you did.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet thoughts.

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  1. Debbi Saunders says:

    Thank you God….
    1. for our Freedom and the Military Men and Women who have and continue to fight for it!!
    2. A few thoughtful gifts given to me by my students!
    3. When I came home Thursday my neighbor came over and mowed my lawn for me!
    4. Being able to purchase a few plants for my little Butterfly Garden…
    5. for this week of work!
    6. my short-term dissability for the weeks I was out of work after surgery was approved and I will be recieving payments.
    7. ministering to a complete stranger in the Bath and Body works store for 2 hours; she was drawn to me and just needed someone to talk to desperately! thank you God for the opportunity to serve you in talking wiith this woman who so needed You! There are no coincidences! I believe that we were brought together by divine appointment!!

  2. 1. A beautiful little prayer box from our Bible study leader
    2. Another Sunday I made it to church without too much anxiety
    3. As always, my wonderful son, who is such a blessing
    4. The Nurse Practitioner listened to me and “heard” me when I was trying to explain about the DMV paperwork. It took a lot of patience on her part and mine but thankfully we got it prepared and ready to mail.
    5. My continued good health and the fact my breathing hasn’t worsened (COPD)
    6. All the friendly people at my new church
    7. Jesus. He who sees me through every day and sometimes, more so than not, is carrying me!

    Thank you Diane for the wonderful message this week. I believe you finding the book was definitely not a coincidence! God bless you and have a wonderful week.

  3. I am grateful for:
    1. This post which prompted me to do this.
    2. The delicious home grown tomato I picked from my garden and had on a simple cheese sandwich.
    3. My willingness to whisper thank you throughout the day.
    4. My sense of energy and purpose in the tasks I completed today.
    5. My husband and I watering the garden this afternoon.
    6. Our precious grandsons.
    7. Our three adult daughters and traveling mercies as they go through their day.

    • Laura… thank you for joining me in choosing joy in counting blessings. I rejoice with you at God’s love and goodness displayed in your life.
      May your days overflow with JOY!
      Thanks for popping by! Have a blessed weekend!

  4. Thank you God for my husband who is so wonderful to me.
    Thank you for the beautiful summer day and the abundance of rain we’ve had this spring.
    Thank you for my healthy, happy sons who are finding their way in life.
    Thank you for so much more than I could ever name.

    Diane, thank you for the sweet sweet reminders. Pinning.

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