So, I’ve already mentioned 41 times that I’m reading back through my Beth Moore Believing God workbook, looking up the Scripture, reading all my notes in the blanks and margins, adding new ones in a different color. New things are always jumping out at me–even though I’ve read it before.
But something I read today just thrilled me down to my flip-flops. Seriously. I sat at my kitchen table, giddy as all get-out. THIS IS MY DREAM LIFE, I thought to myself. THIS IS MY DREAM LIFE, I said out loud. Sigh. Now, let’s make one thing clear. I do realize that Beth’s life is a little more involved than this particular isolated paragraph suggests. I don’t want her WHOLE life–no way, no sir. Just the part where she sits and writes on her laptop and gazes out at free-roaming giraffes. Just that part.
Take a listen to this: The thought of Noah and his sons marching the beasts of the field into the ark has always thrilled me but never more than now. As I write, I sit on a stone overhang, pecking away on my battery-operated computer while overlooking a magnificent African plain. I taught all last week just outside Johannesburg. This week Keith and I are out in the bush, safe and sound in a wonderful little stone dwelling. This is no glorified zoo. It’s the real thing. A river flows just below me, while mountains hem me in from both front and back. In between, however, is a huge plain teeming with beasts, most of which I had never seen…
All day yesterday I watched four hippos… In my eyesight this moment are two rhinos, a herd of wildebeests, ostriches, warthogs, and a variety of South African antelope. Yesterday Keith and I took a walk and happened upon five wonderful giraffes. I’ve seen more baboons than I can count and heard their screeching. I have marveled, laughed and cried over God’s creativity. Keith and I are such animal freaks that we are in a state of near euphoria. I so wish you were with me.
Me too, sister. Me too. There is NOWHERE on earth I want to go more than a magnificent African plain teeming and teeming with wildlife. Someday. Someday.
For now, my little family and I will admire those majestic giraffes and monstrous hippos and screeching baboons in their lovely man-made habitats and pretend for just a moment that we’re in South Africa and not South Texas.
And if you’ll allow me a sloppy metaphor–praise God for bringing His animals to us until such a time as we can go to them. And praise God for sending His Son and then His Holy Spirit to dwell in us until such a time as we can go to be with Him.
If you could go one place on earth, where would it be, and what would you see?
Have a blessed day, friends!