“Aslan stood up and when he opened his mouth to roar … they saw all the trees in front of him bend before the blast of his roaring as grass bends in a meadow before the wind.”
—The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
This amazing image, “Susan and Aslan” created by artist @panjooolart, caught my eye a few weeks ago. It told a whole story to my heart in a flash. It reminded me of the GREATNESS of God, right beside me, even when I can’t see Him or feel Him.
Sometimes I need my Aslan, my Jesus, to roar. Don’t you? I especially need Him to beat back my fears and push back the enemy from my gates. To cut through the confusion. To blast through the lies.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
C.S. Lewis’ incredible lines, in the above quote from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, bring a few different Bible illustrations to mind:
Exodus 15:8: “By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood up like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.”
And Psalm 18:13-15: “The Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them. The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, Lord, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.”
The Lion and The Lamb
The Bible uses the metaphors of a lamb and a lion to help us wrap our brains around who Jesus is: He is as gentle as a Lamb and as powerful as a Lion (and then some). I sometimes can’t get over His tender, ferocious love. He is loving and compassionate toward us, His beloved. And yet, He is fierce and loyal and protective.
Sometimes we need to be reminded that Jesus is more powerful than our fears, our enemies, and our doubts. If you need a reminder, here is the next part of Psalm 18:
“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:16-19)
With Jesus by my side, I feel brave. With His help, I’m courageous, excited, motivated, and ready. When I picture Him next to me, guarding me and protecting me, guiding me and supporting me, I go forward with more confidence. I’m sure-footed and agile. My eyes are open. I’m alert and ready to move.
Perhaps you have forgotten that Jesus is by your side. Maybe you need to know that He is FOR YOU. He is walking beside you, watching over you. He is not intimidated or surprised.
Are you up against something difficult? Are you plagued by trials, tribulations, pain, temptation, illness, trepidation, jealousy, or discouragement?
Call out to Jesus, the Lion of Judah, today. Ask Him to come to your rescue. Ask Him to roar.⠀
Grace and peace,