BigRead13 Day 13 : Safe?

The #BigRead13 Day 13

You can find day 13’s post from the #BigRead13 here.

Today’s reading is Hosea 11:10:

They shall go after the Lord,
who roars like a lion;
when he roars,
his children shall come trembling from the west.

We’re also with the children in Narnia in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe when they first learn that Aslan isn’t a lion – that he isn’t safe, but is good. How do we feel about this?

Lions are a powerful image throughout the Bible.  God is often seen as a Lion in Christian imagery – in Revelation we see God as the Lion of Judah which harks back not only to this reference in Hosea but right back to the start in Genesis.  Lions aren’t always good though – Daniel is thrown to the lions; and in 1 Peter we are warned “be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil as a lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

But as with humans, there are good lions and bad. Yet even the good lions aren’t “safe”.  Think of the lion tamers in the circuses of old putting their head into the lion’s mouth. If they were safe, this wouldn’t be an impressive feat – we wouldn’t marvel at the lion tamer’s bravery and skill.

Perhaps though this is how I feel about God.  We’re asked to trust in a God who isn’t safe – like the lion tamer, will we have our courage to trust our lives to him?

An unusual video for today… Lions who love us… what else but our first dance at our wedding? A lion, with love, who welcomes both kings and vagabonds. Sounds familiar, eh?