Monday, March 16, 2009

March--time of change

When we think of March, we think of the saying, "In like a lion, out like a lamb." Usually this is referring to the weather (in Oklahoma often the weather is like a lamb at the beginning and a lion at the end). But I can see other references--one being biblical.

In like a lion, out like a lamb can also refer to the change that takes place in us and our surroundings at this time of year. Spring begins--the budding of the trees and flowers, the lengthening of the days, more sunlight to brighten our lives. I don't know about you, but when the warmer, springtime weather starts and vivid colors come back to the landscape, my spirits are lifted. It even has me looking around at the beauty God created for us to enjoy. I know their is a beauty in a snow covered landscape, too, but there's something about spring that seems to lift us up, give us hope.

There's another reference I can think of that goes along with the suspense we like to read and write. The lion represents the danger around us while the lamb represents the good and innocence. The lion represents the strong, the lamb the gentle. In the picture they coexist. That's not always the truth. In fact, I'm not sure how they got that picture taken with the lion and the lamb together. So often the strong gobble the weak up. Not so, with the Lord and that's the beauty we show in our Christian romantic suspense.

Anyone else want to compare what the lion and lamb mean?


Vince said...

“This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”

TS Eliot - The Hollow Men

I see, “In like a lion, out like a lamb’, as a metaphor for life.

We begin life as young lions ready to fight the world. With our belief in personal immortality, we often do fight the world. If we live, we age and with time, hopefully, we acquire wisdom and with wisdom we come to understand what can be changed and what cannot be changed. Where once we wanted to fight the world, we now know we are the world

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” ( Isaiah 11:6)

When we reconcile the warring parts of our nature, there will follow an inner peace. This inner peace will free the hidden child of God we were mean to be and that child will show us the Way.


EllenToo said...

Vince I agree with your comparison to life.

Lenora said...

Good post, Margaret. Very touching and so true.

Lenora :)

PamelaTracy said...

In Nebraska, I always heard the Lion/Lamb comparison. Here in Arizona, I can't recall hearing it. I guess that could also be a play on where we are in life - not just physically but literally.
Good post, Margaret.
P.S. your featured book sounds great, just as soon as I get finished judging contests (three in a row; what was I thinking!) I'll be reading it.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Margaret,
Loved your blog and the photo! Only God can bring two opposites together in harmony ... and that's often what we write about in our books, especially concerning two strong people who fall in love.

Abi said...

loved reading your thoughts on this.

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