Henri Nouwen said that we have a lion and a lamb inside us. He said spiritual maturity is the ability to let lamb and lion lie down together. Your lion is your adult, aggressive self. It’s your decision making self. But there is also your vulnerable lamb, the part of you that’s vulnerable and needy.
Becoming lion and aggressor only will cause you to become exhausted and angry, because rarely do we have our way in the world. So aggression alone makes us angry at others and angry at God. Sometimes we can’t force our will on the world.
Sometimes we must let the lion lie down with the lamb. We trust that God knows what we need. But we never know what we need until we offer God our hearts and our open hands. Then he fills our life with His desires, with His blessings. But he can’t as long as we’re clutching here and there for everything but Him.
Genuine faith believes that God may be doing something greater than what we can conceive would be best for us. So let the lion lie down with the lamb. Wait patiently for the Lord. He can open doors that our lion-side can’t. He can move mountains for you. So be still. Be very still. Let your lion lie down with your lamb. Now wait for the Lord to fight for you.
“The Lord will fight for you. Just be still.” Exodus 14:14
© Robbie Stofel