Some mornings I wake up with a persistent image in my mind. Sometimes I know why, but more often than not I really do not have a clear understanding of what brings a picture to the forefront of consciousness so soon after sleep.
Today before the sun rose I was rubbing my eyes and trying to see the coffee pot, but all I could see was the face of a lion.
It was a male lion with a scarred face. It was not at all frightening but it was awe-inspiring. The photo posted here is the closest thing I could find to what I saw. My lion’s eyes were less distant and his face was wider.
I spent some time talking with a good friend yesterday about our personal spiritual beliefs, but mostly we talked about how challenging it is to have constructive conversation with our friends and associates about issues of faith and science. My friend and I have what seem to be very different beliefs about some things, but honestly at the end of the day I still don’t think we are that far apart in what matters.
Case in point from our conversation:
Me: I feel kind of bad about this, but I stand up all the time and say I believe in the virgin birth and I don’t really.
Friend: You don’t believe in miracles?
Me: I do. Just not that one.
Friend: Really. Why not?
Me: I guess because everyone is so hung up on sex and it would get in the way of the story if there were a guy. Who’s the guy? Do we like that guy? Was he her husband? As a woman, I see and live a lot of social judgments that get in the way of what is really important. I think the story of who Jesus was is told with a lot of myth, but that doesn’t make it untrue. Myth for me actually tells more truth than science sometimes.
Friend: I believe in Adam and Eve.
Me: You do? Why?
Friend: I just do. I think there is a line of demarcation when God put his spirit into human beings and we became different creatures because of it.
I avoided any talk of apples and snakes. But I’m kind of down with his point even though I would never say it the way he did exactly. We are going to keep talking.
And I’m going to keep thinking about my lion.
Image credit: ODP