The Lion and the Chicken

 I used to have a poster with a painting of a lion and cub, a little like this, but both facing forward. I fell in love with it at first sight, in fact, I think I screamed with delight when it was given to me. My love affair with lions began with Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia and the representation of Jesus as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

But this poster I had, called “Like father like son”, always made me think of how safe it was in the arms of God. As the lion cub, standing in His shadow, I can look as confident and fierce as I want–I can even roar!–but still know I’m safe with Him by my side.

He is a very safe place to hide, too. When the enemy just laughs at my attempts to roar, when the world and its problems just seem too big to face, I can run and hide under His wings like a little chickie and snuggle in to His downy-soft, comforting love and protection. There He strengthens me, until I am ready to venture out into the open again.

Yes, whether I feel like a lion or a chicken, He loves me and keeps me safe.

Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. Ps 16:1

Published in: on 22nd March, 2010 at 3:36 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I love the notion of being strengthened in the Father’s love until we are ready to venture again. There’s no better place to find strength.

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