BOLD

I had the wonderful opportunity to serve alongside my longtime friend Brian Mede (brianmede.com) this past weekend. He truly is the greatest artist I know, and it is an honor to share his work. His “live painting” of this lion was inspired by the Scriptural text in Acts 4:31 (ESV), which states, “And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”

In conversation, we both recalled the famous lines from C.S. Lewis in The Chronicles of Narnia books, when Lucy discovered some things about this Aslan she kept hearing about…

“When Lucy asks Mr Beaver about this “Aslan” she keeps hearing about, she says to him,

“Is—is he a man?" 

Aslan a man!" said Mr. Beaver sternly. "Certainly not.... Aslan is a lion—the lion, the great Lion."

"Then he isn't safe?" said Lucy.

"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver; Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.”

We have the privilege to follow this Lion. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, who boldly shares His love with us. He stands guard over our feeble hearts. No, He is not safe… But. He is GOOD…

So here is a piece of poetry I penned to compliment this fantastic work of art:

BOLD.

a gentle roar. opened door to 

the room I hide, 

His eyes — looking into mine

unsafe, unsettled, yet unreserved I feel, 

For something about Him reveals

my tears of brokeness, 

my fears of loneliness,

my years of hopelessness…

soft steps — 

now approaching my mess

He walks next — to me

I can barely speak,

He breathes. 

I believe. I recieve 

a bold immersion, 

a submersion as I’m —

baptized with fire

by this great, good, gentle & ferocious Lion

I’m now alive in

His plan of redemption, His holy liberation —

His matchless demonstration of

power…