”I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, & I will be their God because they will return to me with all their heart.”

Jeremiah 24:7

My reading this morning in Jeremiah was full of the warnings of God, the call of his prophets to the people of what will come to them if they do not turn away from evil. It is hard for me to grasp God’s plans; the intense violence that may come to the people surprises me. My vision of God is tame.

Jeremiah talks of how God will roar like a lion, a lion coming out of his den. He talks about how it may come to pass, and how God is calling for repentance. The lion, I’ll always associate the lion with Narnia.

Its odd that story helps me learn so well, and so I cling to it. Aslan, the great lion, is not a tame lion. They say in The Lion, the Which, and the Wardrobe, “Is he safe?” And the reply, “He’s not safe, but he’s good. He’s not a tame lion.” And again, I see that he carefully inflicts a wound as a punishment for the physical pain caused to another in The Horse and his Boy. And of course Aslan eats the white witch & turns Rabadash into a donkey.

But it does make the lion in the Bible mote understandable, clearer to see, to me. To see the justice carries out, his tender love despite his wrath, and his judgement. He is not a tame lion, but he is good.

I want a heart that returns to God. I want a heart to know God. I want to hear his warnings & know that he is good. Rain falls on the wicked & the just, but I want a heart that knows God.


gabrielle prose



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