In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis created Aslan, a great lion who ruled Narnia. Susan, a little girl who stumbles into the enchanted world through a magic wardrobe, asks Mr. Beaver if Aslan is safe.
“Safe?” Mr. Beaver replies. “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King.”
God, whom Aslan symbolizes, isn’t safe, either. He has a “wildness” that we find unsettling. We prefer to think of God in terms we can more easily define, understand … or control.
Scripture clearly teaches that God is wholly other from us. In Isaiah 55:8-9, God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
How do you trust God when you never know what calamity might come crashing into your world at any moment? Kim Meeder had to answer that question when her world did come crashing in on her. She was only a little girl when her father murdered her mother and then killed himself.
Her journey since that time has taught her that God’s love is wild. His mercy and grace crash through every boundary that we fear might hold Him back. His redemption, hope and peace come to us when we’re crying out, “God, it’s impossible for me to get through this.”
Kim has not only survived, but God has used her suffering to bring redemption, hope, and peace to others through her.
She’s sharing her story with us on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Pursuing Our Untamable God.” She says that to move forward through suffering God asks us to pray, to listen, and to follow His spirit wherever He goes.
How do you do that?
For one thing, be open to how God might use you. He used Kim at a Goodwill even though she hadn’t expected to go that day. While there, she had a divine encounter with a young lady that became a transforming moment in both of their lives.
God uses Kim’s love for horses to bring about healing in the hearts of many broken lives. She and her husband started Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. They rescue abused and neglected horses, nurture them back to health, and give them new life in a riding program for kids, many of whom were neglected and abused themselves.
She’s written a book called, Encountering Our Wild God: Ways to Experience His Untamable Presence Every Day. I’d love to send a copy to you for a gift of any amount. It’s our way of saying thank you for supporting Focus on the Family.
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