It’s been a few days since our last entry. Like you, we’ve had several events going on and have been distracted from our normal writing routine. But in the absence of writing, both of us have been making some observations since the evening of the mid-term election. This is not a political blog. There are plenty of those and that’s not why we’re out here. Recent events have a way of affecting us as much as they affect you, we are not immune.
My next few entries will be about how we’re listening to God’s voice and responding. Lisa and I spend time together talking about our day, what we’re hearing from God and what we think it means. We check-in and pray for one another to keep our relationship grounded in the One who brought us together. It helps, really. A theme has emerged in our conversation. The theme is the need for more men to become a King as God intended them to be.
This theme has emerged in the context of our northern clime, as autumn fades and wintery frost appears in long shadows. Why this time of year for this particular theme to crystalize? Spring is something longed for, something that we yearn for after 6 months of wintery sleep. So perhaps it is appropriate that we’re sensing a deep longing to find Kings and learn to develop our own kingdoms, just as we enter our long winter. Perhaps these longings will deepen throughout the winter?
We find ourselves surrounded by more than the threat of heavy, cold air from Hudson Bay. The news blasts are littered with troubled stories of rebellion and protest. Friends are under siege from life threatening diseases. Co-workers and friends are troubled by uncertainty in jobs, children and marriages. The government and masses are split by competing ideologies. The fruits of the “winter of our discontent” are picked ripe across our media. Our enemy is quick to point out Ethan Hawley in our mirror. Our enemy tries to create noise by using daily circumstances. He does not want us to hear and hold to the truth that we are meant for more, so much more. We find ourselves praying against the forces that are whispering messages of settling for something less. We discern the temptations at making subtle agreements with the enemy and prayer is the preferred weapon. We hear the voices of the Scottish nobles attempting to negotiate with Longshanks at Stirling and we long for William Wallace.
So, here we are. Our world is dangerously short of good kings. Cold air has crept in. Our news is full of the sounds of discontent and spring seems far off. “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Prov. 29:2
John Eldredge wrote about the map for the masculine journey in “The Way of the Wild Heart” and he dedicates a whole chapter to the stage of King for a man. In chapter 12 he writes: “The reason for many of our miseries upon the earth in these days is that we have lost our Kings. Yes, we find men in power, but they are not true Kings. It is not through initiation that they have come to the throne, nor do they have the heart of a King. And that is a dangerous situation indeed, when a man is made King who is unfit to be one, and it has brought the ruin of many kingdoms – homes, families, churches, ministries, businesses, nations. Paul says the whole creation groans for the revealing of the sons of God (see Romans 8:19-21). For we were meant to rule the earth, and this world is in anguish until we, the sons of God, are all that we were meant to be, and in being that can rule upon the earth in blessedness.”
So, all is not lost. There is hope. John writes, that the hope is in the One who can “…recover the King in a man. This is the role for which man was created.”
In the days ahead, Lisa and I will pray and ask, when can you trust a man with power? Do you long for a King? Do you long to be a good King in your realm – your home, your business, your family, your house of worship, your neighborhood, as a little league coach? What are the qualities of a good King? Share your thoughts in comments, we’d love to hear them.