Thursday, June 23, 2011

Living in Livingstone

"I'm prepared to go anywhere provided it be forward."
                            -David Livingstone

I realized today that I am thankful for being thankful. 

Let me explain...

I spend many moments in life praising God for his provisions, thanking him for all the pieces of my life.  I remember walking home one day not too long ago, spending a full mile thanking God for each and every person, place, thing and experience in my life.  I am fortunate.  Certainly there are days I wallow in sadness and self-pity.  But I realize that I am a really blessed person. 
Today I saw one of the seven wonders of the world and I couldn't be more providential.  I was captivated by the majestic falls, the glory of the water's power, and the intense "smoke that thunders."  Today I saw the work of God.  And today I was appreciative of every view, every sight, every experience.  At every bend I found myself thanking God again and again for the beauty that was before me, remembering the sacrifice that he paid so that I might live with joy.
Then this evening as I sat gazing over the Zambezi River, captivated by the sunset in the distance I realized that what I'm most thankful for in this life is the chance to be thankful.  Others may be appreciative of their experiences and good fortune, but to whom do they extend their gratitude?  Do they know God and the love of a savior?  Do they realize from where the blessings rain? 
Sure, I'm a lucky girl.  My life is abundant with adventure, love and joy.  Today I saw a hippo soaking in the river...
Two giraffes playing by the water's edge...
And a baboon who was too close for comfort...
Today I saw the regal Victoria Falls...
But today was just the beginning.  The real adventure begins tomorrow as we voyage into the Mwandi village.  God is at work and I am grateful for every experience. 

This is Africa and this is my journey, and this is God's mission.

"I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose."
                            -David Livingstone


  1. Beautifully written my dear. Perhaps your trip - and me witnessing it as I read - will restore my own faith and provide me with the kick in the booty I so need to walk myself back into church on a regular basis. Good luck tomorrow! - JILL

  2. your pictures are as beautiful as your heart...

  3. I'm loving your blog and following you everyday. I know a mission trip will open your eyes (and heart) to more of what God has given us and done in this great big, awsome, beautiful world.