Strange Bedfellows indeed.
Can you imagine what's going to happen when this tiger grows up? WOW…maybe there will be a clash of the Titans? The tiger crouching for the next meal, anxiously awaits the moment when he can POUNCE out of the bushes and…ok, you get the point.
Maybe they'll continue on being friends? Maybe they'll grow old together and lay around talking about the golden years when they took silly pictures and performed like…ok, I'll stop.
I don't know how in the world they got this picture, unless there is something about friendship that transcends what we intuitively know about creatures with opposing agenda. Nature must have places where the DNA that tells the chimp to run away from the smell of the tiger can be overcome for whatever reason. In fact, this isn't the only example that has intrigued me about the natural order of the universe.
I've seen lions snuggle up to humans.
I've seen cats nurse strange animals.
I've seen tigers take a group of animals and raise them from babies.
Isn't it strange when we see these two unsuspecting creatures seemingly lay down their natural tendencies for what seems to be like friendship.
I know this metaphor doesn't track all the way, but I was reading John 15 this morning. Jesus was teaching the disciples and said, "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you." (v.15)
Refreshing isn't it.
Jesus, the creator of the universe and subsequent reason for all that exists, is a friend. He's made possible the way to know the secrets of God the Father, and he's come to humanity and made strange bedfellows with humanity. He's given us a way to overcome our natural tendencies, and change the very DNA of who we are, in a spiritual understanding. We are much like the image of the lion, who lies down with the lamb.
For that, I'm thankful this morning.