While rushing to help Prince Caspian, the Pevensies come to a fork in the road. One path climbs uphill while the other goes down. As they are trying to make their decision, Lucy sees Aslan on the upper path, but after a long day of hiking, the others vote to proceed down the hill in what seems to be the easier direction. They could not see Aslan and thought that it was simply a figment of Lucy’s imagination.
As might be expected, going against the direction of the lion led the party into disaster. They were nearly shot by archers and wasted the entire day moving in a direction that was a dead end. That night, Lucy woke up and wandered off into the woods where she encountered Aslan alone again.
“’Oh, Aslan,’ said Lucy. ‘You don’t mean it was? How could I— I couldn’t have left the others and come up to you alone, how could I? Don’t look at me like that … oh well, I suppose I could. Yes, and it wouldn’t have been alone, I know, not if I was with you. But what would have been the good?’
Aslan said nothing.
‘You mean,’ said Lucy rather faintly, ‘that it would have turned out all right— somehow? But how? Please, Aslan! Am I not to know?’
‘To know what would have happened, child?’ said Aslan. ‘No. Nobody is ever told that.’
‘Oh dear,’ said Lucy.
‘But anyone can find out what will happen,’ said Aslan. ‘If you go back to the others now, and wake them up; and tell them you have seen me again; and that you must all get up at once and follow me— what will happen? There is only one way of finding out.’”
Loneliness is a powerful deterrent. It is hard to go out on a limb by yourself, and Lucy did what many of us would probably do. She didn’t want to go off on her own in the middle of a potential war zone.
That’s just the point though. Nothing actually prevented her from going off on her own except for her own doubt. She had the freedom to follow Aslan, but she chose not to exercise that freedom out of her own fear.
Aslan did not condemn her though. He encouraged her to learn from that mistake by immediately giving her another situation that would test her independence and commitment to following him. Now in the middle of the night, she had to wake up the rest of her party and tell them that it was time to march whether they wanted to or not.
She wasn’t promised any particular result, but it was what Aslan wanted her to do, so it was her responsibility to follow. This is clearly similar to the Christian’s commitment to following Jesus Christ. It isn’t something that you do only when everyone else feels like following. We need to be prepared to even go on our own in the pursuit of our Lord and Savior. We don’t always know what is going to happen, but that doesn’t mean our duty changes.
 CS Lewis, “Prince Caspian” in The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), Kindle Locations 8063-8072, Kindle Edition.