In like a lion

When an American child learns about climate and weather, about seasons and especially springtime, the sing-song assistant for this month is, "March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb."

Of course, the reference is to the end of winter (the lion) and the gentleness of spring (lamb). If only. I remember the first official day of Spring in 2010, in Kansas I was traveling and was scheduled to play golf at a course near Arkansas City. This was the photo I took that day.

Needless to say (and yet I say it), my friends Josh and Dan and I didn't play that day. The roads were so treacherous, we didn't even meet up as we should have.  I guess the lion still roared for 21 extra days in 2010.

Comparing lion and lamb is a biblical theme as well. Isaiah the prophet uses them in the same sentence twice, but not like you might have heard. There is no text about a lion lying down with the lamb. Here's what many are quoting

"And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;  and a little boy will lead them."(Chapter 11. verse 6)
and "The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the Lord.   (Chapter 65. Verse 25)

The world of Isaiah had more wandering animals; today we only have such animals in the zoo or the outback. Still the plan is to work to make the world a better place, today, such that enemies like wolves and lambs can lie together. Maybe Russians and Ukrainians. Maybe Labor and Liberal. Maybe. Which is the lion and which the lamb? 

Lions tear things up, like the end of winter. Lambs rest and gently bump into each other. Ah, springtime. 

But of course, for us in Australia, this is the end of summer and autumn is upon us. Do we have a lion/ lamb sing-song in use? 

I found this song with lyrics displayed (not captioned) on Leeland's official site.  [ https://youtu.be/C9ujBoud26k ]   I love the sentiment, the lyrics, the One about whom this man is singing. Maybe you will enjoy it and learn as well.

I hope your spring or autumn is restful and calm, and focused on the Messiah, the Lamb who was slain for the sins of the world. And the Lion of the Tribe of Judah-- that's another nickname of Messiah Yeshua. He will come again to rule and make His ways known on the earth. Then even Labor and Liberal will get along, because we will all get along with Him. That's where unity happens. That's where life happens.

Happy March!

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