“The Bible says that the Lion will lay down with the lamb but it doesn’t necessarily say that the lamb will get much sleep.” Woody Allen
This is a much quoted (and probably mis-quoted) Woody Allen quotation. I struggled to find the original quote and this may well not be right. In fact it is loosely based on Isaiah 11:6 This is it in the Message.
The wolf will romp with the lamb,
the leopard sleep with the kid.
Calf and lion will eat from the same trough,
and a little child will tend them.
Cow and bear will graze the same pasture,
their calves and cubs grow up together,
and the lion eat straw like the ox.
This bit comes just after the promise of the coming of Jesus – a Green Shoot from Jesse’s stump. It’s a lovely bit of the Bible – full of hope and promise. The thing that the Woody Allen quote does to me (apart from making me snigger like a two year old behind my hand because I am not sure if I should be laughing at it) is it reminds me that sometimes – even in the mist of the miraculous – when I can see God working on my behalf or I know that he is more than able to sort things – I can still choose to chew things over. I still tend to continue to worry and to fret as if God can do nothing. I have known myself so fraught about something, that even if God does sort it, I am too exhausted by worry to enjoy it. It’s my choice. I can do as I am told and leave worry behind for peace that comes with believing that God does miracles – or I can carry around my personal basket of woes and keep dipping into it. As a young person (and everyone is young these days I find) said at the front of church – “God is always up to something” And I think he is, it is up to me whether or not I join in.