Saturday, March 5, 2016
Year 4-Day 65: Today...I am grateful for dragons.
Yes, dragons. I love this Mary Oliver quote:
"I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable and beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings."
When our firstborn son was little, he would lay and chatter before bedtime. How precious were those moments! He would say, "Let's talk about dangerous thing." And we would.
I think the conversations were inspired by "Safety First" from Disney's Baby Mickey series, but it offered opportunities to prepare him for some life obstacles and dangers to avoid. At least...as much as you can discuss with a child of three or four years. He was either gathering safety tips... or imagining the adventures he could find if he threw caution to the wind.
Sometimes, we think about danger to keep us safe. Other times, it makes us brave.
This quote evokes..for me...the image of riding a dragon. Not an easy feat. First you have to find a dragon, befriend it, train it and then find the courage to take flight when it offers a ride. Maybe, it made me think of the movie "How to Train Your Dragon".
We never outgrow the need for a sprinkle of whimsy in our souls. We are never too old to try something new. We are never too mature to delight in the magnificence of a dragon.
Dangerous. Powerful. Improbable. Beautiful. Fearless. And perhaps...friend-worthy. Our second loved "Pete's Dragon" when he was little. His child's heart only saw the friend...not the foe.
Why slay our dragons when we can train them, learn from them, fly with them and make them our friends? Fear fights...courage takes flight. What will we choose today?
Now, evil must be fought. The Bible is clear that evil is present, real and relevant.
Ephesians 6:11-13 is powerful and a we have been studying it in our Sunday School class.
Today...I am grateful for dragons.