This is my new favorite quote. I use it to remind myself that, no matter what I am going through or how bad life seems, the Lord still loves me. We all have trials. That doesn't mean that He isn't aware of us any more. It doesn't mean that there is not something else in store.
I have been to way too many Lion's dens in my life. Times when I thought there was no way out. Times when I was sure that I was unlovable and forgotten. There was danger all around, but even though He didn't rescue me from the Lion's den, he did rescue me from the lions.
I have learned that life is full of trials. There are times when I really am not sure if I am going to make it from day to day. I see "the lions" and I don't realize yet that the Lord has "shut the lions mouths". I can't see beyond the darkness of the den. I know that danger is near. I am afraid. I am filled with sorrow. I love the story of Daniel, but my favorite part is that the king went and fasted in his chamber. He could not sleep because he was so worried about Daniel inside the Lions Den. I love that an angel of the Lord came and closed the mouths of the lions so that they could not hurt Daniel.
In my life, I have found living angels as well as spiritual ones. Those who are there for me in my moments of darkness. Those who keep the lions from destroying me. Those who reach out their hands and their hearts in my hour of need. Those who fast and pray for my protection. Those who truly teach me of His love and mercy. Because, although He saves me from the Lions, he does not save me from having to enter the Lions den.