Sunday, February 24, 2008

On the Lookout - Masai Mara Style - "YMInsights" Series

As many of you know I’ve been pretty busy the last several months traveling all over the world training trainers in Youth Ministry. The month of December I had the opportunity to go to Kenya and do a ton of speaking, teaching and training, and what a great time I had!

At the end of the three weeks of ministry I got to go on a safari to the Masai Mara in Western Kenya. The Mara actually is part of the Northern Serengeti and on one of the game drives we trekked south into Tanzania as well.

I was amazed at God’s creation in many ways but one of the things that really struck me was how the lions looked out for each other, protected each other and shared their resources (wildebeest) with each other.

The picture above shows a glimpse of that as the female lion (actually there were 4 all together) stands on the lookout around the perimeter as the males (there were 2 of them) enjoy their share of a successful kill. On the outside of the perimeter are lower members of the food chain (hyenas & vultures) waiting their turn to get whatever scraps are left behind.

When the males were done they switched turns with the females until everyone in their pack was well fed, well rested and well protected.

I thought that was an incredible example of how we should act as the body of Christ. We need to look out for each other, protect each other and be willing to share resources with each other because the enemy (who really is a lower member of the food chain compared with our Savior) is always lurking outside the perimeter just waiting for his chance to pounce.

My prayer is that we as the body of Christ would learn some things from God’s creation, I know being face to face with His incredible creatures caused me to pause and process how I treat others.

How about you?

Amazed by Him,


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