As a child, my father often read to us at bedtime. My favorite stories were those of The Chronicles of Narnia. They were magical – beautifully painted imagery that captured the vivid imagination of a child so well. Little did I know then that those stories were teaching me so very much about my faith.
I remember a conversation between Lucy and Mr. Tumnus about Aslan, the lion who clearly represents Christ: “He’s wild, you know, not like a tame lion.”
He is wild. The Lord we follow, the one we have given our lives to, He is wild. He is unforeseeable and incalculable. He never does things the same way twice. When following the Lord, you must learn to expect the unexpected. He is not a tame lion!
I currently work behind the scenes at a pregnancy crisis clinic. We have been working through the devotional book, Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson. He refers to following the Holy Spirit as chasing a wild goose. At this point in our ministry, we are on a wild goose chase, following after the leading of a loving, anything-but-tame, highly unpredictable God. But more on that story for another day.
The point of this is that God is wild! No words can describe the voyage He has prepared for us, if only we would follow! Justin and I are realizing this more and more each and every day. In our personal lives, in our church, and in our work lives….when we follow the Lord, it will be anything but the expected.
One of our theme songs for this season of our lives is “Wild Heart” by Urban Rescue. It is a beautiful foray into what following the Lord looks like. When we choose to follow the Lord with our everything we head “into the great unknown…after Your wild heart.” And we have committed, “No matter where You go, we’ll follow You!” It is a grand adventure, a phenomenal voyage, that I cannot wait to see unfold.
But it isn’t all sunshine and butterflies, this I know. Sometimes the adventure leads us into dark valleys where the only way out is a treacherous climb up hill. We have been in a couple of those valleys lately, and the words of “Wild Heart” echoed in my mind,
“The cross before me, the world behind me. No turning back, no turning back. Though none go with me, I still will follow. No turning back, no turning back.”
“Into the great unknown, no matter where You go, we’ll follow You….”
Why? Because as Lucy replied to Mr. Tumnus, “but He is good.” He is so good. And because we have chosen to follow Him, one day we will know a world without pain or sorrow. One day, those dark valleys will be no more. One day, those treacherous up hill battles will have been worth it all. One day all we will know is the presence of Jesus.
So off we go, after His wild heart, into the great unknown…