I love this story. It never fails to warm my heart.
I’ll get to the dream, but here’s how I got to it. I’m on a religious bent this morning. Always happens after mass. Something got me thinking of what “Lioness” means to me,during the sermon. You know how sermons go, you hear the sermon and the Holy Spirit at the same time. Sometimes the Spirit goes beyond the sermon and so today I ended up recalling a dream. When I got home and read the Anchoress’ dream appeal from Nice Deb, I thought more about that dream I had years ago. Nothing, by the way, like Nice Deb’s flash-tastic graphic.
By profession, I’m a registered nurse. Working the wards as a student at night was always a cause for anxiety. Later on, working sprawling hospital wards as charge nurse also made me feel a bit insecure, too many patients, too many rooms. IV’s could be running out or someone in trouble. We didn’t have all the fancy monitors they do nowadays. At night my anxieties would speak up in dreams.
The dream I remembered today went like this: I was on a hospital ward, and the ward was immense (though in my dream the ward looked more like a castle) and the halls seemed endless. Suddenly, I was aware of a great lion roaming the passage ways. Now, in my dream, the ward/castle became even bigger, extending to several floors above and below.The lion prowled like a monitor. His appearance seemed threatening, but instead of fear, I was flooded with a profound sense of security. End of dream!
In those days my life was in a bit of flux, with husband in school, me , with two children to care for, living with my in-laws, and working nights in a newborn intensive care unit. Waking from the dream I wanted to know who the lion was. I prayed and them opened the bible to a page with the phrase, “Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of my husband the lion” Esther C: 24. I was ecstatic! That day, I took it to mean my husband Jim would take care of us with God’s help. In other words, “Not to worry.”
Since the Lord speaks on many levels, and with multiple meanings, in this day I think the Lord is saying, “I am your Husband the Lion who guards and protects the passages of your life. You are my bride, my castle.”
This morning I’m thinking about the Church. I love Sundays. I hear the lion’s roar, “and then he cried out in a loud voice as a lion roars.”(Rev. 10:3) The lion thunders out, crying “full-throated and unsparing like a trumpet blast…” “When He roars his sons shall come…” (Hoses 11:10) On Sundays,with tremendous power, the Lion of the tribe of Judah summonses the gathering of the Church from all corners of the earth for a great feast. Even in Lent, the season of fasting, the Church prepares a banquet. The Lion, Himself, provides the meal, prepared Himself of Himself. It is here that the Lion becomes the Little Lamb that was slain, but now lives.