An interesting article by Dr. Alan Snyder that appears here.
In my ongoing preparation for teaching C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia at my church, I’ve now completed five of the seven books, the latest being The Horse and His Boy. This book is unique as being the only one where no one from our world enters Narnia; rather, it focuses on two young people, Shasta and Aravis. The former is a slave seeking the freedom he heard exists in the land of Narnia; the second is a girl fleeing a marriage to an old man. Both live in the totalitarian country of Calormen.They are accompanied by two Talking Horses, Bree and Hwin, who also want to enter Narnia, where they once lived.
I won’t go into all the details of their journey, but at various points along the way, they were chased by a lion—the first encounter forced them to meet, as they had started separately and didn’t know one another. A second direct encounter made the horses run faster than they thought they could and got them to a place of safety at a hermit’s dwelling. Shasta, though bone-weary, was immediately given the task to run to the king of Archenland to inform him of a plot by Calormen to invade his kingdom.
Shasta succeeds in that mission, yet he is in a bad state: physically exhausted and mentally despondent. In that state of mind, he begins to drown in self-pity. “I think,” said Shasta, “that I must be the most unfortunate boy that ever lived in the whole world. Everything goes right for everyone except me. . . . And being very tired and having nothing inside him, he felt so sorry for himself that the tears rolled down his cheeks.”
Lewis captures how we all have felt at times, but then also captures how God can come to us when we are at our lowest.