I did not see anyone mauled by the lion, but I can't say he wouldn't have done it. What struck me was that I was so interested in drawing closer to him, while all these people who presumed to worship the lion in art and business, fled from him in terror when he appeared. It seemed that their idea of who he was and what he was about was very different from reality. I was not totally sure that I would not have been mauled by the lion, but I did not care. I wanted to draw nearer to him---for me there was no other option.
I reflected on a prompting that I had disobeyed earlier in the day. I was very disappointed with myself. Yet, I realized that, even though I do not presume to be qualified for Zion, I desire with all my heart to draw closer to the Lord, no matter whether or not I "make it." I understand another level of this exchange:
"Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." (John 6:67-68)