I would like to start off by saying, glory, honor, and praise to that Author of author’s, who by His Spirit is making each one of us into a living Bible and living epistles for His glory. Wonders begin to develop as He begins to write His story on the tablets of our heart. It is one of these wonders that I would like to share with you. Even though this story began a little more than fourteen years ago, it still inspires awe in me even to this day.
This story was brought back to my attention just recently, because one of my granddaughters, who happens to be a twin, wanted some help with a classroom poem project. She said the teacher said it would be all right to include some of my poems in her project. We began to look through some of them, when we happened to come upon this particular one that I am writing this story about. It happens to now be my granddaughters’ favorite poem, which you will understand when you read this article.
The story began fourteen years ago exactly on the first day of March. That is the glorious day that two adorable little lambs were born. These little lambs I am referring to are my delightful and precious twin granddaughters, Arielle, and Danyelle. These two little preemies were born more than two months early, and their little lives were just hanging on by a thread. They were so tiny, and their little fingers were so small, they looked like tiny little twigs off of a branch. Danyelle the second twin born was having a very difficult time breathing. It made me hurt to get close enough to hear the rasping that came as she struggled for each and every breath. Arielle, who started out weighing about five pounds at birth, lost down to 3 and ˝ pounds. Danyelle, who started at about 4 pounds dropped down to 2 and ˝ pounds.
My son-in-law and I joined hands right there in the hospital, on that very first day of their birth and began to plead with God for their survival. I later went home that day and not only prayed, but began to seek Him, on their behalf with all of my heart. I pleaded with God and said, please I need Your word to stand on, I cannot make it without some peace that they are going to be all right. Well what I am going to share with you is what God shared with me, and I still have to marvel at what He shared.
Here are some of the Scriptures that He began to bring to my mind and they were like apples of gold, for they were very fitting and right to the point. (Psalm 68:19—Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! (20) Our God is the God of salvation; And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.) Wow! That was certainly encouraging, because that was just what I was looking for and wanted to hear. As the Spirit kept leading me in His word, I became in utter amazement, as He brought me to this next verse. (1Peter 5:8—Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (9) Resist him steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.) The reason that I was so totally blown away by this was, not only does the devil come in like a roaring lion, but so does MARCH! These babies were born on the very first day of March. March comes in like a lion goes out like a lamb. The story gets even more bazaar!
For some reason, probably due to the Spirit’s urging I began to look at these two little ones names. I don’t know why yet, but my daughter decided to spell Danyelle with a y instead of the usual way, Danielle. Anyway, I began to think of the story of, “Daniel in the LION’S den.” That is exactly where these babies were right then! Well, what about Arielle, that is a rather unusual name, I wondered if I could find anything pertaining to it. I have a little book called the, “Guideposts Family Topical Concordance to The Bible,” and they often have names and what they mean. Right there before my eyes, I found Ariel—lion of God. I could not believe what I was seeing. The name is also applied to Jerusalem in the Bible, “Isaiah 29:1,2,7” The first two verses I do not like because they talk about the distress of Ariel, but the 7th verse on talks about what will happen to those who fight against her.
This is how the story concludes! These two little lambs that were born on the very first day of March were released on the very last day of March. Now get this, they were sent home from the hospital on two little lamb skins. Their mother still has those little lamb skins even to this day. So that particular March certainly did come in like a lion, but praise God, went out like a lamb. Now I would like to share the poem that came to be my granddaughter’s favorite.
The March Of Twins
March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb,
Is how the saying goes.
This sure fits the story of two little lambs,
Called Arielle, and Danyelle Rose
Now Rhonda Lynn gave birth to twins,
In March on the very first day.
The devil begun, as a roaring lion
Threatening to steal them away.
Now March was a lion, and the devil was try-un
In most every way that he could.
To make us believe, something’s up his sleeve,
Quite horrible and not at all good.
So it’s needless to say we began to pray,
And to stand upon Gods holy word.
Now what God had to say sure blew me away,
Because, this is just what I heard!
Before ever you came, I called you by name,
And you belong to Me.
Of the lion’s I’m King, don’t fear anything,
There is something I want you to see!
Danyelle, though in the lion’s den
And you have read that story before.
No longer to strut, the lion’s mouth I shut,
You need not to fear him no more.
This may seem odd, that lion of God,
Is the meaning of the name Arielle.
Now just to show man, His miraculous plan,
This is their story I tell.
The lion must scram at the sight of His Lamb,
And listen to this I pray!
These two little twins were placed on lamb skins,
And released on the very last day.
What a joy it has been to share this story and poem with my granddaughters, and to let them know how very special they are. To let them know that their little lives became living epistles
from the moment that they were born.
Sharon, Merry Jo was right on target! I was jumping out of my seat as I read this! See, I've got my own Daniel and the story of his experience in the lion's den as well, in 'A Beautiful Gift.' God's faithfulness makes me weep with joy and thanksgiving. How honored you were to witness and be a part of God's perfect plan for Arielle and Danyelle! And how honored I am to have been able to read about it. Bless you!
That's a beautiful, inspirational testimony of Gods faithfulness in our lives. I'm certain that the Lord has incredible plans for each of their lives to His Glory and His honor.Keep telling the story! We overcome by the power of the blood and the Word of our testimony! Amen.