A week or so ago I saw an interesting headline on my internet news service: “48 States Have Snow.” As March begins many of those same states are hoping that the old proverb “in like a lion, out like a lamb” will prove to be an apt summary of how their weather improved! Currently, folks in my home state of Maryland are still reeling from a unheard of amount of snow. And they are hoping that as the leonine weather gives way to the first signs of Spring they will be able to get back to life as normal – that they will be able to get outside, get back to work… get busy with the business of living.
Here in sunny, Southern California, we are fortunate not to have dealt with four feet of snow keeping us indoors. But we have different kinds of lions that keep us from life. One of my favorite proverbs, perhaps because I need this constant reminder myself, is Proverbs 26:13:
“The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
As surely as bad weather has locked down our nation’s capital and kept folks indoors and unable to work as February ended, the mere threat that a lion was out and about keeps the sluggard from getting out and living as he ought. As we read this proverb, we need to remember that there actually were lions in Palestine at that time – it would have been a real possibility that a lion actually was in the street. In other words, this proverb is connecting a person who doesn’t get busy dealing with life with a valid but worst-case scenario as their reason for inactivity.
In turn, this invites you and me to consider whether or not valid fears of truly terrible possibilities actually keep us from life in all of its God-ordained possibilities and fullness. Yes, terrible things can take place every single day. But nonetheless, God calls us to get out there and work at glorifying Him and loving our neighbors. It is one thing for a bad storm or heavy weather to keep you indoors during the first weeks of March, quite another to be in hiding from the lions of our world. This month lets ask ourselves a tough question:
“What fears keep us from living the abundant life God has for us in Christ?” And then may we apply the
command and promise of Psalm 55:22:
“Cast your cares on the LORD, and he will sustain you.”