Saturday, May 5, 2012

We're All Just Baby Zebras...

I'm sure most of you have seen this video...

After seeing it on Facebook and hearing some of the comments, my brain started picking up speed.

The basics of what we see in this video are:

• A small child wearing a very zebra-like jacket sitting by the lion habitat at a zoo

• A lion very interested in eating that child (perhaps thinking the child is a tasty baby zebra?)

• A child completely at peace and looking at his mother

• A mother completely confident of her child's safety

What my friend, Ann, pointed out on Facebook, is that this is a picture of 1 Peter 5:8 which says,

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."

Now my momma heart isn't comfortable with a child being that close to a hungry lion no matter how thick the glass, but truly, this child was never in danger.

And that thick glass serves as a wonderful picture of God's invisible, protective hand between us and our Enemy.

I was reminded of this passage from John 10:

"Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.

But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep" (or baby zebra :) "as I said unto you.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand.

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

I and my Father are one."

Safety glass is firmly in place... we are safe!

Here is where my brain picked up speed-- let's hope it doesn't crash ;)

I was thinking about how the little kid was dressed.  Because of those bold black and white stripes, he was "marked" as prey for the enemy.

We, as believers, are covered by the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and as part of the body of Christ, are marked as prey for the enemy.  Hence, the "seeking whom he can devour" thing.

But as Jesus' words assure us, we are safe in the hands of God.

As a believer, am I confident in God's hand to protect me?

Do I continue to delight in Him, giving my attention to who He is and what He has done? 
Or, do I get so distracted by the lion's gaping mouth and incessant pawing that I distrust the Father and lose faith?

Sometimes my brain thinks, "Lord! What are you doing??? There is lion and he's trying to eat me! Please do something about it!!!"

How silly of me to forget that He has already accomplish it on Calvary's hill. 
He defeated sin and death.  He paid my debt and set me free. I belong to Him.

But I also thought about this verse from James 4:

"Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."

What if that child happened to be dressed in a little lion costume?

Of course, we'll never know for certain, but I'm guessing the lion's reaction wouldn't be the same.

I don't think that lion would have tried so hard to eat him!

Instead of an enemy, perhaps the lion would have recognized one of his own?

But the question occurred to me, do we doubt the love and power of the God who died to save us and determine instead to camouflage ourselves with the world in hopes of escaping his attacks?

Can you imagine a zebra dressing up like a lion in hopes of keeping itself safe?!

As believers, perhaps we have tried to look like the world, but we have been washed by the blood of the Lamb and would not pass a "sniff test" by our enemy.

And how confusing we would be to the other "zebras" around us.

My prayer is that we would be content and joyful to be set apart as belonging to the Lord and that we would have faith like child.
I love how at peace this little kid was with his situation. He had complete confidence and joy in his mama and his heart wasn't troubled.

May we keep our eyes on our defender, Jesus Christ, being identified with His death and resurrection, living a Spirit-filled life of victory in Him and for Him and by Him believing by faith this:

"But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for Himself: 
the LORD will hear when I call unto Him." Psalm 4:3

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