We had Monday and Tuesday off work this past week for a Ugandan Holiday weekend, and had the incredible opportunity to go explore the beautiful Murchison Falls National Park here in Uganda, and adventure out on a safari.
This long weekend was such a needed break and time of refreshment and just soaking in the magic of being here in Africa. And after all that I got to see, I can now fully agree with what people here like to say, that Africa is “where God makes His home…”
There really aren’t words to describe the beauty that I got to witness, but I felt like this verse pretty much summed it up:
Psalm 66:5 – “Take a good look at God’s wonders – they’ll take your breath away.”
From the rainbow over the beautiful Murchison Falls (hence the name of the park) to the breathtaking rising of the sun to the way it would so beautifully set back down over the Nile River, I could not help but just be in awe of God’s beautiful creation.
Psalm 19:1 –
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
From the inside of our little safari van, I felt like I was seeing God’s masterpiece painted right before my eyes. From the rolling plains, to the rushing river, to the blue haze of mountains far across the horizon…you couldn’t help but just look in wonder. Realizing just how small you are, and just how Grand our God is.
“I am the Creator of Heaven and Earth: Lord of all that is and all that will ever be. Although I am unimaginably vast, I choose to dwell within you, permeating you with My Presence. Only in the spirit realm could Someone so infinitely great live within someone so very small. Be awed by the Power and the Glory of My Spirit within you!”
~Jesus Calling Devotional
Ellie Holcomb (one of my favorite singers of all time) just released a new album titled “Sing,” where the lyrics of her songs (originally targeted for children, but many adults – like me – have fallen in love with them as well), talk about who sang the first song – God. Her songs tell the story of how God literally sang the Earth into creation. If you haven’t heard this album yet, I highly recommend going and checking it out…
And it got me thinking… in return for this beautiful gift of God singing this Earth into creation, all we can do is merely worship Him upon seeing His Creation. Sit in awe at the wonderful works of His hands. And that’s what I did the entire time we were on the safari. Praise Him and thank Him for letting me experience a tiny taste of His glory here on Earth….a small glimpse of what we will see one day when we are united with Him in our Heavenly Home…where all things are made perfect, right, and whole again.
Psalm 105:2 – Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
I could do nothing but just stare in amazement out the window of our van, trying to soak up every last moment of admiring His beautiful creatures and stunning landscapes. Full of life and vibrant color. Full of His glory.
Psalm 104: 24-25 – “How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.”
We got to see elephants (my favorite animal of all), giraffe, baboons, warthogs, monkeys, antelope, leopard, and many other land animals.
Getting to see an actual “elephant crossing” across the little red dirt road was one of the coolest things I have ever seen…and I couldn’t believe how close we were able to get to them!
On the river boat, we got to see crocodile, hippos, and all kinds of beautiful birds making their home along the Nile River.
Seeing how God’s creatures and landscape so perfectly work together in harmony was such a picture of His goodness. The way He created the Earth to be.
Job 12:7-10 – “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
Throughout our time on the safari, we camped in tents on a little Safari campsite, and I even woke up my first night to a Hippo right outside of my tent. To say I was scared would be an understatement…but at the end of it all, it was such an incredible experience to be such a part of nature and living so simply in the middle of God’s Creation.
Our campsite overlooked the beautiful Nile river, so it was always such a treasure to see the sun rise and fall over the water during breakfast and dinner time.
This long weekend was full of adventure and exploring the beauty of Africa, and it felt a little bit like I was in the Lion King.
I am forever grateful for this gift – and my heart is oh so full and ready to share God’s love with my little students back at the James Place tomorrow morning!