The Story Behind The Name

It took me a while to search for the perfect name. I was looking for one that wasn’t already taken (that was harder than I thought it would be) and one that held meaning. I went through my favorite Bible verses, but committhyway looked kinda strange to me all slammed together like that. That was an idea from Psalm 37:5, which I like so much that it is on my high school class ring. 

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” 

– Psalm 37:5

That, unfortunately, did not work out. I had been thinking about something artsy and cute like hope + encouragement, but guess what: hopeandencouragement was already taken. 

I thought about the name for quite a while. I had a few ideas, but they didn’t really stick with me. I didn’t think they were that awesome…until I was reading through C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle….

“Nothing now remains for us seven but to go back to Stable Hill, proclaim the truth, and take the adventure that Aslan sends us.” 

– Chapter 9

When I read that, I instantly fell in love with it. (Skip the rest of this paragraph if you’re not a Chronicles of Narnia fan). At this point in the story, Eustace, Jill, Jewel (the unicorn), and King Tirian had just realized that Narnia was no more. It had been conquered by their mortal enemies, the Calormenes, and the Narnians had been scattered this way and that or killed. Stable Hill was the location of the deception. A donkey was being dressed up as Aslan, and people were believing that it really was Aslan. Jewel stated that there was nothing left for them to do except go to Stable Hill, proclaim the truth of the matter, and gladly accept the adventure that came their way. 

I chose to name this blog Back To Stable Hill because, as followers of Christ, this world holds nothing for us. Nothing now remains for us except to go into the world, proclaim the truth, and take the adventure that God sends us. In the case of the Narnians, Stable Hill was the world that desperately needed hope and truth. 

Later on in the story (I won’t tell you what happened beforehand, in case you have not fully read The Last Battle), this dialogue takes place. This confirmed that Back To Stable Hill was the best name for this blog. 

“It seems, then,” said Tirian, smiling himself, “that the stable seen from within and the stable seen from without are two different places.”

“Yes,” said the Lord Digory. “Its inside is bigger than its outside.”

“Yes,” said Queen Lucy. “In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.”

 – Chapter 13

C.S. Lewis put a lot of deep thoughts into his children’s books. So let’s follow Jewel’s advice. Let us go into the world, proclaim the truth of God’s Word, and heartily accept the adventure that He has in store for us. It may not always go as we planned for it to, but just know that God will use us for His purpose. So, come and join me on my journey Back To Stable Hill!

If you do not know 100% that you will be going to Heaven when you die, now is the time to repent and put your faith and trust in Christ Jesus. If you have any questions or doubts about your salvation, click here to read how you can be saved.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version.

Quotes are taken from The Last Battle, written by Clive Staples Lewis.

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