When Jill, Eustace and their guide Puddleglum finally meet Rilian in The Silver Chair, they are immediately thrown into confusion. When they first encounter him, he does not even realize that he is Rilian. He is under an enchantment that he is only able to escape for one hour every night. As a result, the witch who put him under the spell chains him to a literal silver chair every night to make sure that he cannot make his way out of his underground prison.
When the three protagonists witnessed him tied to the chair and in his right mind, they are not sure whether they can believe him. His message was entirely different than it had been just a few minutes before. He had no idea who Rilian was, but a few minutes later, he was claiming to be Rilian. He begged to be unchained during this rare opportunity when the witch was away, and he was in his right mind.
While they debate what to do and whether or not to help him, he seemingly randomly requested their help by Aslan’s name. This was the final of the fourth signs that Jill had been told to remember, so they ultimately had to decide whether or not they could trust the word of Aslan to be safe. Puddleglum advised:
“You see, Aslan didn’t tell Pole what would happen. He only told her what to do. That fellow will be the death of us once he’s up, I shouldn’t wonder. But that doesn’t let us off following the sign.”
In 21st-century America, we like safety and predictability. I sell insurance every day, and I can tell you that people want a guarantee that everything will be all right all the time. It is not a bad thing to want to be safe and secure, but that is not what Jesus Christ promises us as followers of His. On Monday, I pointed out that Aslan had originally told Jill that her mission would be complete when she found the Prince, died or was sent back to her own world. He never promised that her mission would be done safely or comfortably.
As we see from Puddleglum though, this does not give us a free pass to ignore the word of God. We can’t just write off the parts that we don’t like because we might end up in a spot that makes us uncomfortable.
This is so countercultural in today’s society. However, as Christians, we know that the serve a God who is going to do what is right. There is an assurance in that, and there is also an assurance that no matter what happens in this life, there is a reward in the future for those who have run the race. Running the race necessarily entails following the signs, and we need to make sure we do that faithfully.
 CS Lewis, “The Silver Chair” in The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), Kindle Locations 13339-13341, Kindle Edition.