We cuddled together, blankets and fuzzy socks attesting to the struggle to stay warm in the cold of a Mafraq winter. Thanks to Pinterest, I could send someone’s beautiful lion painting to my husband as a little mid-day-courage-card with a few fitting words. My daughter and I gazed together through the screen to the majestic lion likeness, whose fearlessly stedfast expression was nearly mesmerizing.
Joy watched quietly for a minute or two, inadvertently pinning my arm as I tried to type and send. Then with a sudden breath of longing she broke the silence: “Someday, I want to ride a lion.”
Decisively, she gave a few concluding nods of her little head. I turned towards her with a grin of surprise and encouragement at this sudden unveiling of her secret wish.
“Oh yeah?” My racing thoughts of a tiny girl sitting on a wild, dangerous and fearless beast shifted as I continued gazing at the painting glowing up at us. The strength and fearlessness flashing in those eyes became those of the conquering Lion of Judah for whom we wait and long. I remembered that Isaiah truly saw ahead to a new day where lions will have a reign of peace beside lambs. Little lambs like mine.
“You want to ride a Lion, Sweetie?” I said softly. “Someday, I think you will.”
What are the secret desires whispering deep in your soul? If they cannot find their fulfillment here and now...take heart. A new era is coming! The Lion named Jesus will reign and He will make all things wonderfully new.
In that day, so many dreams will be coming true.