Friday, September 12, 2014
Yawning at Tigers by Drew Dyck
I finished this book last night and all I can say is: WOW!.
Many people have tried to make sense of God, or at least what sense we can make of God. We do our best to understand why things happen, what God's purpose is in all of it, and what God wants from us in reply.
This is not bad but there can be a degrading of the power and majesty of God. Why? We CANNOT understand Him. It is impossible to understand Him.
Sadly many have tried to make God out as something He is not. The title of this book comes from an event that the author, Drew Dyck, experienced while at a zoo.
Upon entering the big cats exhibit, Dyck and his family were trying to locate the tigers. Realizing that there was a observation window down the way, Dyck and his family walked down the path and found the tigers: a few feet away.
Nothing but a piece of thick plastic was all that separated his family from these powerful creatures. As they viewed this amazing creatures, a few teenagers came down the path. Seeing the tigers, they tried to get their attention but the tigers were not interested. At point they tried to make some noise to attract the tigers attention which seemed to annoy the animals. Eventually a "this is boring" tone came over the group and they left.
Dyck uses this as an illustration of how Christians have a powerful God but because of our improper view of Him (the plastic guard) we are not as respectful and awestruck by Him as we should be. The tiger appears tame and we yawn out of boredom.
In reality, when God revealed part of Himself, men were powerless and often fell and/or terrified. This is the tiger without the glass. We would not yawn at a tiger if he were to get out of his cage.
We need to reclaim our healthy respect for God and the message of this book is just that. A great book and I HIGHLY recommend getting a copy and using the study guide in the back for a small group session. It will be well worth it.