Have you ever been in close proximity to a roaring lion? I have on a few occasions in Kruger and it was spectacular! I was safely ensconced in my car and I felt more like a spectator – a very LUCKY one at that!-)
Since we moved to the bush 4 months ago, we are treated to the sounds of the local lions almost every night. Tonight they are close and as I write these words, I hear their deep rumbles of dominion stretch out across the bush. Tonight it struck me that the other, usually prolific animal noises we hear at night, are subdued…. I don’t speak Lionish, but the other wild animals clearly understand it and let’s just say no one is arguing. There are some schools of thought that argue against lions “roaring”. Instead, they say, Lions “bowel”. Evidently the noises Lions make are from deep inside their bodies and this is where the bowelling comes from. I am no authority on this and to be honest, I feel very comfortable calling it a roar – it is a sound that touches your spirit with its depth and authority.
Last week on my Kruger Day, I saw a lioness snuggled up on the edge of a rocky outcrop, in what can only be described as a “puddy-tat” pose. Cars piled up around her and she did not so much as bat an eyelid. I realised that I have never ever seen a lion that looked stressed or as though they weren’t completely in control. I have seen an injured lioness in distress once, but she was still as regal as ever. An old battle weary lion that I once saw lying alone in the veld, as if resolutely awaiting the end, made a powerful impression on me – even in his weakened physical state, he was dignified and sure of who and what he was. In my faith, my God is often referred to as the “Lion of Judah” and as I contemplate these incredible wild animals, I love the picture of my Saviour as a Lion. He is sure of His authority and His sovereignty is unwavering. He has dominion and He knows how it will end. I am hugely encouraged by this and feel a renewed sense of calm – I can trust Him.
More than that, I am challenged by a verse in Proverbs 28:1 –
The wicked flee though no one pursues,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
I love this! Lions know who they are and they know what they are, so they live accordingly without wavering. More importantly, everyone else knows who and what they are and live accordingly too! I think it’s time to embrace the courage to be as “pawlite” as a lion and walk in victory over my challenges…