Imagine if you will, that you are sleeping comfortably in your warm bed. Then there is a loud noise actually a bunch of loud noises. In the midst of this roaring din, you come to realize that you are not in your warm bed but in a pit of lions. Somehow, you managed to have a slumber party with the King of the Jungle, and didn’t end up being a midnight snack. The loud noises aren’t the lions letting you know that you are going to be the continental breakfast but the onlooking crowd bellowing out in amazement that you made it out alive. Daniel in the lions’ den was always one of my favorite stories growing up. It was comforting to know that even though I could be surrounded by ferocious beasts I would still be protected.
There’s another story about lions. In this one, a soldier has to go alone into a snowy pit to deal with a vicious lion. As if it wasn’t bad enough, having to fight a lion this man had to beat the brakes off of two guys that looked like they were the blood brothers of the Ultimate Warrior. Benaiah beat those two guys and turned that lion into a Snuggie. Then he helped make Solomon the king. Benaiah was “bout that life.”
Why did one guy get to sleep with the lions and the other one had to throw hands? It’s funny how sometimes we get put in situations where the only thing to do is be still. Then you have to roll up your sleeves and get dirty in other situations. Both guys were in the lions’ den but two vastly different outcomes.
Here recently, I’ve been in some trying situations. Situations, that had me stressed and close to broken. I looked back on the decisions that I made and second-guessed everything that I did leading up to that moment in time. Being in a spot where you don’t know where to turn, what to do, or if you can even make it out alive will mess with your head. After praying about things I needed to decide if I would rest or fight.
At times rest/pausing was the solution. I needed to evaluate things a little more or wait for the dust to settle. If I would have tucked my head down and pushed through I would have missed the answer because I would have been too busy being busy to see what was appearing out of the fog.
Other times, the kid needed to put his headgear on and get dirty. These situations called for some type of action on my part. I needed to step out of my comfort zone and take action either by seeking out that new referral source or doing that thing I didn’t want to do but knew had to be done. Lions in their own nature seem to understand this concept very well. They have an understanding of when it’s time to rest and when it’s time to be a Lion. Daniel and Benaiah were both in the lions’ den but they each had a different purpose and each purpose required a different action.