GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
Into the African night...
As light fades across the landscape, the sky transforms into hues of orange, gold and yellow. It’s a beautiful moment ...
I cannot help but consider the great words in the book of Genesis:
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day” (Gen 1v31)
There is something so deeply spiritual about taking time to watch the sunset transform the African landscape. Being surrounded by all that is natural, offers a unique connection to our own purpose on this fragile planet. As the day transforms into night, our thoughts change too. We are one with the animals in this setting.
“And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.”
Our vehicle stops and we climb down from the vehicle. Our feet touch the ground.
It’s at this moment that we recognise that we too are so vulnerable. In this setting perhaps the playing fields are levelled. Suddenly everything in this grand landscape becomes important; we become conscious of lurking predators and how far we are willing to venture from our vehicle?
“…and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters …”
As the rangers unpack our drinks and the nibbles, the moment also touches us in a deeply visceral manner – all our senses are heightened and alert to our own instinct for survival:
our ears take in the buzz of cicada beetles, screeching francolins, night jars, hippos. Not far off impalas bark…there are ominous rustles in the thicket.
Our eyes take in the heavens – the emerging darkness and first stars; the darkening sky, silhoettes and strange shapes.
Our senses heighten to the smell of the bush too; the dust, the dung, the fragrances coming from the thicket. We feel the drop in temperature and zip up our jackets. In this setting, the spiritual aspect of my life is deeply touched:
“Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years… (Gen 1v14)
..the lesser light to govern the sky”… (v16)
A beautiful peace descends as we huddle together. Assured, we reach for our refreshments and take in all the beauty. One can’t help but share the thought:
”…and God saw that it was good”
My grateful thanks to the rangers, trackers, management and staff at
May you, too, be blessed abundantly in the week ahead.