I’ve had numerous people ask me why I call my blog The Wardrobe Door. The title comes from one of my writing inspirations and a man who helped me as a Christian, even though I’ve never met him.
In wrestling through my faith in high school and college, I found the works of C.S. Lewis. I had read and loved The Chronicles of Narnia as a child, without ever knowing about the author’s faith story.
As I pored over Mere Christianity, I found that Christianity could be vibrant and true. In fact, it had to be both. It was both.
When I started blogging a few years later, I had no idea what to call my blog, but I knew I wanted to pay homage to Lewis. I remember trying another name, something a bit more overt with Aslan in the title, but that blog name had already been taken.
I thought through what I really wanted to do with my blog and I knew that I wanted to do what Lewis did, both in his fiction and non-fiction. I wanted to take the reader to a new place.
In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Lucy and Edmund are saying their tearful goodbyes to Aslan, knowing they are not to return to Narnia.
“It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?”
“But you shall meet me, dear one,” said Aslan.
“Are — are you there too, Sir?” said Edmund.
“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
That’s why I write. That’s why this blog is called The Wardrobe Door. When you come through, I want you to leave knowing Jesus better in the real world.
Am I arrogant enough to presume that this is the result of my writing? Absolutely not. I recognize that only the Holy Spirit draws people to Christ, but my hope is that He can use this blog some.
That’s the goal that keeps me writing. Hopefully, it happens enough that it will keep others reading.
Welcome to The Wardrobe Door.