‘Winter is the dry season in Africa, the time of safaris. We can learn from the dry seasons in life, and from life on safari.
“You could expect many things of God at night when the campfire burned before the tents,” Beryl Markham wrote about safari life. “You were alone with you sat and talked with others- and they were alone… What you say has no ready ear but your own, and what you think is nothing except to yourself. The world is there and you are here- and these are the only poles, the only realities. You talk, but who listens? You listen, but who talks?”
A safari of the self and Spirit is at times lonely. But we know we are never alone. It is a comfort to realize that this sense of isolation is necessary if we are to encounter Mystery, and mystery is very much a part of a safari. Each day in the wilderness brings with it the struggle to survive and a heightened awareness of how wonderful it is just to see the sun set and rise again in the morning. Each day on safari is lived to the fullest because it is all that is guaranteed. If only we could learn this lesson as well in our everyday lives.
Today, expect many things as you sit around the campfire of your heart. Someone is listening. Someone is talking to you, encouraging you to take that next step as you embrace the Mystery of the wilderness within.
Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.’ -Saran Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
There is much we take for granted each day. We just assume and expect we will have tomorrow. I would be the first to admit there is much I put off each day expecting I can do it tomorrow.
And if life seems to be dry and drab right now, spring rain IS just around the corner.
When was the last time you watched the sun rise or the sun set? Or have you?