Out in the cold (Part One)

“In every dream journey, there comes a moment when you have to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. You have to go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.” -Chase the Lion, M. Batterson

We all have a dream, and I feel silly writing on this since we will be honoring Dr. Martin Luther King as a nation today, but it’s true. The only difference, as I’ve come to find out, is that there’s those of us who keep dreaming, and those that make dreams come true.

The above quote was commentary by Mr.Batterson to a part of scripture that I’ve overlooked before:

“There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.” 2 Samuel‬ ‭23:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Mr. Batterson equates the lion to the dream that you have to be brave enough to go after, even though human nature tells you to run away when you’re face to face with it. But not this guy in the Bible, he goes after it and overcomes it. I was inspired as I read this, but as the Word spoke to my heart I want to add that this lion is also fear. It’s large, powerful, and you can hear its roar 5 miles away. A predator known to be “king of beasts”. Fear is no different. We immediately run or stop dead in our tracks when we get a tiny sense of it. You know better than to mess with it, but this skilled warrior gives as a glimpse on how to deal with this lion, and it all starts with a snowy day.

In Texas we don’t get to see snow as often, but we do get those sights of a blanket of snow covering every lawn and rooftop in the neighborhood. Perfectly serene as no Texan dares step outside unless they absolutely have to. Which makes me think that Benaiah didn’t mind the cold, signaling that in order to face your Lion you have to first go out of your comfort zone. Now coming out of your familiar comfort doesn’t mean that your unequipped to face the elements. I imagine Benaiah had a very warm coat, snow shoes, and gloves, as functional (and fashionable) as that time permits. But you see a snowy day levels the playing field for both the lion and Benaiah. I am a huge fan of the Lion King (where most my knowledge on lions originate from) and last I recall lions today live in the African savannah were it’s hot. My 9th grade geography memory says that snow in that region is rare. If that lion was anything like lions today then that big cat didn’t have the upper hand, it was ALSO out of its element. We have the ability to chase the lion, we have the ability to follow it down to the pit, we have the ability to destroy it, but before any of that can happen you have to step outside into the pure white snow to even encounter it. This is where most of us gets stuck. Staying indoors is much warmer, safer, less traumatic. Staying indoors doesn’t require work, commitment, training, responsibility. Staying indoors let’s me Netflix and chill, makes the day go by, gives me an excuse to just look through the window.

So here I am, telling you that I have no dream of becoming a writer (in fact my teachers and professors have always said that I have mediocre writing). Nope, I’ve only had a dream that God will use me to help heal sick people (which in my heart it looked more like treating patients), but it seemed I had to step into this virtual space of a snowy day in order to let God do his thing in my life, in your life. My lion is near I still have to chase it down, and while I do my hope is that something inside you awakens like it did in me. After all, life without Jesus is just a mess, but life with Him is purpose.

What snowy day do you have to step into?