As The Voyage of the Dawn Treader progresses, the crew stumbled upon an island masked in darkness. Although almost everyone on board is eager to avoid the mysterious cloud, the ever-adventurous Reepicheep convinces Caspian that this is not an adventure that should be avoided. Therefore, they journey into the darkness only to discover one of the lost nobles, Lord Rhoop, as well as yet another magical island that has a unique quality.
“’Fools!’ said the man, stamping his foot with rage. ‘That is the sort of talk that brought me here, and I’d better have been drowned or never born. Do you hear what I say? This is where dreams— dreams, do you understand— come to life, come real. Not daydreams: dreams.’”
Dreams are powerful things, and sometimes they are excellent. However, dreams can also be nightmares. People wake up and comfort themselves with the fact that a nightmare only exists in their imaginations, and that is entirely true for us here. However, if all of those dreams came to life, at least for my own life, I would have a lot more evil people around me than I really do. I would find myself in a lot more life-threatening situations if every one of my nightmares came to life.
I am saying this as someone who hardly dreams at all, so I imagine that some of you out there probably dream quite often and might have even worse nightmares than I can even imagine. On the balance, it is at least safe to say that we want our good dreams to be true and our bad dreams to never come true. That is not the situation that this island presented however.
The crew decided that they had to get away from the island as soon as possible, so they began rowing but did not ultimately seem to be making any headway. This of course created panic, and in the face of hopelessness, Lucy had the presence of mind to turn her attention where it needed to be.
“’Aslan, Aslan, if ever you loved us at all, send us help now.’ The darkness did not grow any less, but she began to feel a little— a very, very little— better.”
When we try to put all of our hope in our own dreams, we’re going to be on a roller coaster. It might seem like a great thing to be in a place where all of our dreams come true. Anything we might hope for could certainly come to be, and we might be really happy when that happens. The unfortunate part is that our minds are not our slaves. Sometimes we have dreams that are horrifying. Sometimes we think about terrible things that might happen. If those dreams came true, I don’t know that we would be so thrilled about living on this island.
There is a better option than trusting our own dreams to define our world. In fact, we have someone who is not only morally perfect but also always looking out for us.
There is a very nice resolution to this chapter in the story. By putting their hope in the right place, “they saw only bright blue sea and bright blue sky. The Dark Island and the darkness had vanished forever.”
 CS Lewis, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” in The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), Kindle Locations 10864-10866, Kindle Edition.
 Ibid., Kindle Locations 10900-10901.
 Ibid., Kindle Locations 10926-10927.