To All the Children of God,
As we move into March I remember the saying my mom use to always tell us “in like a lion and out like a lamb.” Of course the saying could also be “in like a lamb and out like a lion”. Cyndi (my mom) was always talking about the weather in March. It was funny to think about the saying, because as we are all aware lambs are silly, stupid, and white… lions are big, scary, and sometimes mean. So how did these two animals go together in the same sentence? Now that I am older, I have a better understanding and even meaning to what that saying is. As we all know, she was talking about the weather.
In the Bible, there are hundreds of references about lions and lambs. In case you didn’t know, we are the lambs. Most of the time we are stubborn, silly, and dumb. We choose our own ways over God’s ways, we choose our own selfish pride versus God, and we like to think we know what we are doing. As a lamb, we are silly for thinking those thoughts. Isaiah 11:6-8 is full of imagery of what it might look like one day for all believers. Isaiah writes, “The lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of a cobra…” If I were a mother, I would not be allowing my child to play over the hole of a cobra! The images written here give us just a glimpse of what heaven will be like for us.
So is March coming in like a lion or a lamb? You decide. Just remember to always listen to God through it all, because we are just little lambs of God.
In other news Derek and I went to Indiana for a wedding shower hosted by my family. It was such a blessing to see so many family friends, and showered with lots of baking/cooking items, towels, and love! I will be seeing Derek again the beginning of March and his family is hosting a shower in North Dakota at the beginning of April. Wedding planning has been very fun, and at times overwhelming with grad classes too.
Grad school is going well; just finishing my first 8 weeks of the spring semester and getting ready to transition into the next 8-week class.
Derek and I ask that you continue to pray for us during this busy time in our lives. We give thanks for St. Paul, for your love, support, encouragement, and prayers.
Paige Fitzsimons, DCE