In like a lion and out like a lamb is a term that is usually applies to March. I think this year it applies better to the season of Lent. I’ve been praying Ephesians 3:20-21 this season. I’ve been asking the God who is “able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine” to help me imagine and ask things for His Kingdom. Lent started this past week and Sunday was the 1st Sabbath day in the season. To say it came in like a lion would be an understatement.
It felt like a strangely difficult Sunday to me when I walked in the sanctuary door for praise band practice at 8:30am. I was pretty tired from losing an hour with the time change the night before. The tragedy in Japan had been on all of our minds which added to the exhaustion. In the morning service we prayed for a lady in our congregation whose cousin was brutally murdered since we last worshiped together one week earlier. While we were still praying for that need a gentleman in our congregation collapsed and the EMT’s had to be called in. This was all happening right in the middle of the service.
And there I was on the platform in front of everyone and like everyone else, I was wondering what to do. I dismissed the praise team and just started playing my acoustic guitar singing, “I need you Jesus, to come to my rescue. Where else can I go? There’s no other name by which I am saved. Capture me with grace, I will follow you.” That led into the hymn “I Need Thee Every Hour”. What else could any of us do but pray and acknowledge that we were desperate people who are really much weaker than we think we are?
It was an exhausting Sunday for me. As I set down my guitar after we sang “The Stand” together I just felt like weeping. I think I needed a release, but didn’t get one. Maybe we all did. It was a sobering start to the season of Lent and yet I can’t help but think of the words of Ephesians 3:20-21 that I along with the several in our congregation had been praying. God is “able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.” None of us imagined Lent would start of like that, but it did. We decided to walk with Jesus on this difficult journey to the cross. We entered down this difficult road. I don’t want to get into a debate about whether or not God caused these events. I just know without a doubt that He was there right in the middle of all of it. He never left us and in fact it drew us closer to Him.
It’s scary to follow Jesus to the cross, but we are in with both feet now. Let’s keep going. He has more for us to imagine than these present difficulties. IN spite of what we may see, what hospital room we are in, or what natural disaster ensues, there will be resurrection. Easter is coming. Don’t believe your eyes, believe the promise. Only by experiencing death can we also experience resurrection. Come quickly Lord Jesus. In like a Lion, out like a spotless Lamb.