“In like a lion, out like a lamb.” So while I know that this old saying refers to the weather, mostly in the Northeast, I look at March as a month bracketed by two of my favorite animals.
In ancient times March was the beginning of the year—spring was the first season of the year.
In Biblical iconography, lions can represent courage and strength, or they can be outside forces waiting to devour the children of God. But there is no ambiguity when it comes to the lamb.
Lambs are a sacrificial animal (as well as a useful one) and the lamb stands in often for Jesus, who, as the Lamb of God, made the ultimate sacrifice of His life for our sins, who conquered death with that sacrifice and made possible eternal life with Him, for us.
Keeping that in mind, this year, March literally goes like a lamb—the last days of March include Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, the eve of Easter.
These past weeks of Lent, I have been thinking—as a follower of Christ, do I literally, go “out like a lamb” when I go into the world in person or via my writing?
Do I model Christ’s love for others, His willingness to serve, to save?
Am I a new creature in Christ, content to have given up my old self so that others may know Christ through me?
Sadly, I cannot say this is always true. I must admit I am often the blustering lion, looking to worldly praise for my work.
However, thanks to that ultimate sacrifice of Christ Himself, I can start each morning again, confess my sins, repent, and renew my commitment to live for Christ.
I do not need to look for large things to do to “prove” my love for the Lamb. He asks that I offer Him my heart—sacrifices do not delight Him.
He wants the small, everyday bits and pieces of my life. Am I kind to my husband? Do I meet my commitments? How do I answer those who disagree with me? Do I do all in love?
This is the lesson of March. Live like the Lamb.