Like Wild Animals

…the real problem of the Christian life comes where people do not usually look for it. It comes the very moment you wake up each morning.

All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals.

And the first job each morning consists in shoving them all back;
in listening to that other voice,
taking that other point of view,
letting that other, larger, stronger life come flowing in.

And so on, all day.
~C.S. Lewis
from Mere Christianity

When I feel my faith wavering and doubts begin to overwhelm,
it takes determination to keep those wild animals at bay;
they leap and snarl and roar with hungry expectation and entitlement,
yet I seek only prayerful calm and quiet.

Rather than throw myself recklessly to the lions and tigers,
feeding their relentless appetites,
I step back, take a deep breath,
and watch them purr as they nap.

photo by Tomomi Gibson

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One thought on “Like Wild Animals

  1. Thank you for this, dear Emily!
    Any person who admits to being a Christian, a follower of Jesus the Christ, and cannot admit to occasional lapses of faith is being dishonest. We are solidly human and, as such, we are naked, helpless at those times when we face ‘doubts’ about our faith in Him, in His Message ( especially in His Promises), the ‘Church’ entity per se, about everything that we have learned and sought by trying to live our faith beliefs each day as His earthly disciple and follower, when we try to fend off each attack of false reasoning upon our conscience — be it greed, power, materialism, hatred of ‘the other,’ failure to help those in dire need of the basic needs of survival, and inappropriate sexual actions, especially those that wound other persons. As part of this human condition, we experience pain and loss and severe temptation to find an ‘easy way out’ by seeking an alternate path that is devoid of the rocks and chasms and the twisted paths that do not entail sacrifices on our part.

    We are in a battle against all of these (and more) attacks upon our faith. We are under assault from what is often called ‘spiritual warfare.’ It is not new among faith-filled persons. It is an age-old Satanic battle between good and evil – won by Jesus on Calvary two millennia ago. (He even experienced personal temptation three times!) We face and must try to overcome these attacks each day of our lives because the ever-present enemy still roams the earth, seeking new souls by trying to lure us away from Jesus, our Redeemer and Savior — our only hope and ‘weapon’ that we have been gifted with; the ONLY one that we will ever need.
    (SEE: Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, Battle Against Evil, 6:10-17)

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