This week we get an in depth look at the character of Edmund in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Edmund is the youngest boy and second youngest of the Pevensie children, and Edmund seems to have middle child syndrome. If you don’t know what middle child syndrome is then you’ve either never been a middle child or never been a part of a large family.
A middle child often feels forgotten because they’re not the youngest or the oldest, they’re not born with any characteristic that makes them stand out; if you’re a middle child you know what I’m talking about. And often a middle child will do one of two things, they will work very hard and try to stand out from the crowd because they want to distinguish themselves from everyone else. Or they will pick on other people and try to make themselves feel better because they are able to bully people younger or smaller than them. Edmund falls into the latter of these two categories.
He enjoys teasing his sister and ultimately teases Lucy so much that she begins to wonder if Narnia is real or not. But then something amazing happens, Edmund finds his way into Narnia as well, and his encounter is quite different from Lucy’s.
Edmund is met by the Queen of Narnia, who is also the White Witch. Of course he has no idea of this and begins talking with her and is eventually given some enchanted Turkish Delight. Because it is Enchanted this Turkish Delight makes Edmund not only reveal his whole family to the Queen but also leads to him promising to bring back his siblings to the Queen.
When we look at this section of the story from the view of our Christian Faith we see that the Turkish Delight represents greed and Edmund represents us. It’s easy for us to often want more of something whether it’s more money or more free time or more friends or more time to play video games or any number of things. But the Bible tells us to be content with what we have (Hebrews 13:5). God knows what we need and what we want and he will take care of us. We should seek to follow him instead of always wanting more because, as we will see, when we follow that path it often leads to pain and hurting. So learn from Edmund’s example and don’t long for too much Turkish Delight.
However, if you’ve never had Turkish Delight and want to know what it is there’s a fun way you can try it out. When you have some time, gather your family together and make Turkish Delight. It’ll be a fun way for you to spend time together as a family and it’s a neat way to experience a little bit more of Narnia. There’s a link below with a great recipe for Turkish Delight.