Friday, November 14, 2014

A Lion Named Buster

I had a dream a few weeks ago.

Shocker, I know.

I had a dream that the other Karmen’s family and my family met somewhere for a weekend.

We met somewhere with a big house on lots of land in a rural, area with woods around it.

Because of all the land, we brought our dog, Nigel

He’s not a bit happy wearing a pair
of toddler sunglasses we found.

and Karmen brought her pet lion named Buster.

That’s right, she had a lion named Buster.

Her lion named Buster and my dog, Nigel, LOVED each other.

Nigel would run SO FAST just to keep up with Buster.

Buster’s mane was so soft. I know this, because he was so docile that he let me touch it.

In my dream. 
I’ve never actually touched a lion’s mane. 
Or really even had the desire to touch a lion’s mane.

I wasn’t afraid of him. 

He was regal and beautiful like Aslan from "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe".

Nigel followed him around everywhere.

It was like a snapshot of heaven. 

A little white dog running fearlessly side by side 
with the King of the Jungle.

The lion and the lamb.
The lion and the lamb.

Then they got lost.

We looked everywhere but couldn’t find them.

We got in our cars and drove to the closest farm and told the owner to keep an eye out for a little 13-pound Schnoodle named Nigel and, oh by the way,  a lion named Buster.

The neighbor’s ears perked up with the mention of a lion.

We found on this neighbor's grounds,

which turned out to be part trailer park, part camping ground, 

a small zoo of exotic animals including a giraffe and a zebra.

They lived in very small cages with cement floors.

They seemed very sad.

The owner was very motivated to find Buster before we found Buster so that he could add him to the zoo.

We took off quickly, screaming our animal’s names 
as we ran into the woods.

We found Nigel, wet and panting, running to the house.

We could hear the crew that the farmer had put together on motorcycles and four-wheelers, deep in the woods.

Buster ran out of the woods and stopped.

He was so beautiful in that moment.

Looking around, totally free.

He saw us and ran to us.

I woke up then before I figured out how we were going to get Buster in our car before the farmer caught up to us.

I told Monte about the dream and his first question was 
if Nigel tried to sniff Buster’s hind end like he does 
when he is around a strange dog.

Kind of killed the theatrical movie trailer music in my head.

There is so much in my dream that I could spiritualize but I will keep it simple.

As I wrote this post, the song that kept running through my mind was Chris Tomlin’s:

                                                           "How Great Is Our God"
The splendor of a king
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light,
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father, Spirit and Son
Lion and the Lamb
Lion and the Lamb


How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

Name above all names
You're worthy of all praise
And my heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God


  1. I still need to decode this dream. I love that I had a big lion named buster. The Narnia books are my favorite and even to this day still hope to find Narnia in a closet. But the Narnia before the last book....... it has always been easier for me to see Jesus as Aslan. I can imagine looking into the deep brown eyes of the lion and then watching as he transforms into Christ. That image doesnt seem as strange in my head as it does in writing. I think if there are other worlds that are inhabited then those world's also have been saved by Christ. Much like Lewis wrote....."you must get to know me by My Name in your world" probably not an exact quote but close. Back to the dream I think there is something about the size and strength of the lion next to the smallness and fragility of Nigel. And that the guy wanted to cage the majestic in a prison.

  2. OHmygosh what a vivid and incredible dream!!! Just amazing...

    And Monte's response? PRICELESS.

    LOVE this- and those gorgeous words to that song and the images of our King.


Just Another Rat Story

Happy Summer! Our summer started with Monte and I sitting on the back patio after dinner chatting while a rat ran across our yard. This...