It’s been a while! It’s not easy trying to finish up a double Bachelor’s and graduate with Honors (fingers crossed!). Anyway…
Between schoolwork and sickness I’ve been reading through the Chronicles of Narnia book series by C.S. Lewis as of late and I LOVE it! I highly recommend it for avid readers, young and old. I love the perfect picture of Christ that can be clearly seen through Aslan the lion. In one portion of the second book the children hear about The Great Aslan and ask if he is safe, to which the animal replies, “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King.” Being a follower of Jesus isn’t easy nor is it safe, but it’s always worth it because He’s good. And as children of God we are lions in a sense, overcoming struggles and boldly standing for truth, unashamed.
I’ve been told by several people that I’m rather intimidating, which I find amusing considering the fact that I can’t even lift my own head. I’ve meditated on this and I’ve come to the conclusion that what, or perhaps who, is inside of me makes me stronger than I could have ever been with muscles that work. I know who I am, I don’t feel the need to impress people by being anything other than myself, I know what I want and work hard to get it, and I say what needs to be said even if it isn’t easy to say. Through my King I have found the strength of a lion to rise above everything Satan throws at me, rest in the peace in my Savior, and become the woman God made me to be. To the outside world, such strength coming from such weakness is intimidating. How can I be so happy? How can I run a nonprofit organization from a chair? How can I be a productive citizen and student with so much drive? Any other person in my condition might admit defeat and live as a vegetable just waiting for the end to come. It is only through God giving me the heart of a lion that I have so much joy and confidence in this life despite its trials.
Are you a lion? Or are you a timid creature who runs and hides at the first sign of danger? We were made for more than survival. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not a bedtime story; it is a two-edged sword that pierces hearts and exposes sin. It demands our all. He demands our all. We need to live as descendants of our Great Lion, conquering defeat. For we know who wins in the end and can go forth boldly, knowing He is fighting for us. Now is the time to stop living in fear. We have power through Him who first loved us. Let’s live like it.