For What Are You Waiting?
This Lion was the fruit of our waiting!
Nicholas and Tegan on Table Mountain
Waiting, full filled, with new seed.
There is probably something in your life that you are or have been waiting on for some time!
Let us FIRST PAUSE, BE STILL & GIVE GOD A “HIGH FIVE” considering forgotten dreams, unanswered prayers, challenging relationship issues jot them down and then:
PRAY NOW: “Father, as I read about this magnificent lion encounter would You teach me to wait on You?
Would You give me grace to wait both patiently and yet expectantly believing that You, the King of Kings are in this moment waiting on me to be gracious to me! (Isaiah 30:18,)Oh yes Lord, give me faith to believe, as Your Word says in that same verse: “”How blessed are ALL those who wait upon You!””
As an African I have visited wild life game parks since I was a child and have had a number of varied lion sighting encounters, all of them have been brief or from a distance. This was a first Africa experience for our dear daughter-in-love, Tegan, married to our first born son, Nicholas. The four of us united with each of my three siblings in three different nations going from Cape Town, South Africa, to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and concluding in Paris and London. Looking back every place, space, person, animal, creation, natural wonder played into the continuous gift of God to walk in the F.O.G. the favor of God!
Driving in our land rover we entered the Hwange National Game Park with fewer other vehicles than I had ever seen, due to the tragically sad state of the national economy. At the Nyamandhlovu water pan we quietly climbed the steps to the 20 feet high thatch covered viewing platform where we sat excitedly watching a huge hippopotamus, some lazy zebra and Kudu at the water edge. As a group of people filed past us a young man looked at me and said “Pastor! We met white water rafting the Zambezi yesterday, and told us of the mating lion couple they’d seen an hour ago and where to find them!! We drove the several miles hoping we were at the right spot for our lion sighting! But where were they? After 5 minutes of concentrated searching/looking with binoculars Tegan spotted two ears twitching at the same level and same color as the grass tops! It was the lioness you see above! Five more minutes and Tegan spotted the lion under a tree shadow! Suddenly he was up and mounting the lioness then padding gently through the bush to the small waterhole. She followed and then the miracle happened! She got up again and walked steadily straight towards us as if our 3 vehicles were not even in the dirt track before her. We all in breathless anticipation whispered here comes the King of the night passing literally 2 feet behind our land rover both of them lying down next to each other just 30 feet from us for 30 minutes, oh what a magnificent lion encounter.
So may this outpouring of God’s grace to the rich experience of one of His finest animal creations be an encouragement to you in whatever waiting journey you are in personally.
DON’T QUIT turn again! WAIT ON THE LORD! BE STRONG LET YOUR HEART TAKE COURAGE WAIT ON THE LORD. Psalm 27:14
Will You Help Us Be Fruitful And Multiply?
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