Today during our adventures we absolutely basked in the glory of God’s creation. We discovered grace upon grace, but one specific highlight for the entire team has been African elephants. Around lunchtime today we discovered a herd of nearly 50 elephants munching away on the savannah! WOW!
After watching them for about 20 minutes, we decided to move on to let other cars enjoy the beauty. Just a few minutes down the road, we noticed another car, viewing a few little monkeys. One of the team members exclaimed, “They have no idea that because they are looking a just a couple of monkeys that they are missing out on an amazing herd of elephants just a minute away.”
Woah. Isn’t that true of us too? We’re satisfied with so little spiritually. We go to to church, have our wafer thin prayer lives, and go about our business. If you’re familiar with C.S. Lewis, it brings to mind his words on mudpies vs. a holiday at sea.
“Our desires are not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mudpies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” (C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory)
We’re content beings. In our comfortable contentedness, we’re missing out on every bit of glory God has for us. God is SO much bigger than us. His glory is far more than we can ask or imagine. As we reflected on the gift of this herd of elephants, we were reminded of this glory.
When we come back home, we don’t want to be content. We don’t want to make mudpies when we have the gift of salvation, the holiday at sea. We want to remember and remind ourselves daily of God’s faithful goodness and his unending glory.
We encourage you to behold God’s glory today too. Find it where you are. It’s alive in America too. We just have to keep looking for it.
Following the Lamb,
The Swaziland Partnership