Daniel Eight: Balance

Daniel has another vision, this time of a ram and a goat. “I saw the ram goring westward, northward, and southward, and no beasts could stand before it, and no one could save [anyone] from its hand, and it did according to its will, and it grew. And I was pondering, and behold a he-goat came from the west over the surface of the entire earth, and it did not touch the ground and the goat had a conspicuous horn between its eyes (Daniel 8:3-4).” The dream is described in much further detail, and turns out to be a vision of the end of days. The chapter ends with Daniel describing himself as being so scared that he’s sick, and yet he powers through and gets up and does his duty for the king. It can be so hard to balance the things that one is dealing with personally (though, for most of us that means work/life struggles, not awareness of our visions of the end of the world), and to still carry out our responsibilities to the world. Daniel isn’t holing up by himself and cutting himself off from the world. He’s still very much out, doing his work, and making a difference, as well as processing his internal struggles. I respect that kind of devotion, and admire it in regular people, as well as [apparently] biblical prophets.

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