The Tale Of Two Lions
We watch a lot of movies in Dunn Holler. If you don’t know about Dunn Holler, then you need to follow me on Twitter, but that isn’t what this post about at all.
I am the gatekeeper of the movies we watch, so it would be easy to simply put movies that Andrew and I like into our Netflix queue. Yes, I still get the movies in the mail because I live in Dunn Holler, a land of poor internet options. But I digress again. I actually try to get movies that all of us will like. Sometimes, though, I will get something for the girls, which they appreciate since they have little interest in movies like Die Hard and Roadhouse.
One of last weekend’s selections was Water for Elephants. This is a movie about a guy who quits college after his parents die. He ends up running away and joining the circus.
One scene has the owner of the circus showing him the animals. He tells him to feed a lion and, of course, he is terrified. When he opens the gate, the lion rushes him and he falls down getting away from it. He tells the owner that the lion could have bitten his arm off. The owner just laughs and tells him that the lion has no teeth with which to do that.
That’s us, isn’t it?
There is a lion in our lives that has no teeth. He was defeated two thousand years ago. Dying on the cross, Jesus pulled his teeth and claws out. He still has a semblance of his old self. He still prowls around looking for someone to devour. If you and I know Christ there is no way he can devour us. He’s just a toothless lion. The only weapon he really has with us is fear. He will try to frighten into not following the Lord. He will try to growl and convince us that we are missing out on something. We know we’re not. We are just fooled by that roar. Nothing to worry about. Nothing to see.
No, we have a better lion on our side. This lion has all of his teeth. His claws are razor-sharp. He comes straight out of Judah. He doesn’t have to roar to get our attention. His mere presence draws us. Does He bring fear? Absolutely, but it is the fear of the Lord. Is He safe? Like Aslan in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, He is definitely not safe. But this Lion is good.
We really have our choice of lions in our life. One just gives the appearance of a lion and seeks that which he can destroy. The other is the True Lion. Plain and simple, He is the King.
Which lion impacts you?