Remember the old saying, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb? I don't know about you, but through my lifetime, this saying didn't always play out. I can remember occasions when the month of March entered with a tiny bleat and exited with a mighty ROARRRR!
Okay, fast forward to catch up with my thinking, here ...
Have you ever noticed how children often fall in comparative categories? Some children are just more lamb-like than others. They comply with our wishes and make nary a bleat when asked to do another task or take another spoonful of medicine -- in fact, they practically skip like little lambs when we call them and will do whatever we ask.
Then there are those children who practically curl their lips and growl in protest at any rules or assignments or expectations we may have. Instead of skipping, they roar. Instead of running to us, they slink around and hide in hopes we will forget what we asked them to do.
Forgive me for comparing children to creatures ... but don't you agree just a teeny bit? I'm guessing some of you immediately made the correlation to your own children when reading about lamb-like behavior... and lion-like slinking and growling. (BTW, I looked it up, and lions *do* growl. I figure it's one step below the full roar.)
Take heart, dear parents. The same Lord that made the lamb and the lion made your dear children. He knows their particular strengths and weaknesses, and He has great plans for them. He will also give you grace to guide them both.
Your "lamb" may need nudging now and then, because lambs can be timid and have no ability to lead. Your "lion," on the other hand, may need holding back so others may have their say and take the lead now and then.
Both lions and lambs have their strengths, and God will use them to do great things when they learn to follow His leading. After all, He is not only their Creator, He is both the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God!
Happy March-ing with your little lambs and lions...
Midwest Student Ministries (photo above)