My dad has been to Africa several times for various mission trips. Several years ago he brought back the African buffalo figurine picture above. I was dusting our shelves at the office tonight and saw this and was reminded of this story.
During his last trip there he told us that he saw it and he thought of my husband. (Ok not in that way…stick with me here!) 🙂
At the time Dominic and I had been through some really tough years. TOUGH years that almost broke us….but as we started to walk in faith a little we found ourself surrounded by a group of friends that were a huge support and impact on us.
We spent time with these friends each week, found encouragement, learned how to laugh again and trust in others.
They were our “herd”…our tribe. And my dad was the first one to make the connection between the African buffalo’s behavior and that of our friend’s.
Apparently the African water buffalo displays some interesting behavior within their herd. If they are being chased by a predator, the herd will stick closely together and make it hard for the predator to pick off one member.
The weaker, smaller members are surrounded and kept in the middle and if a member of the herd issues a distress call, the other members will respond and try to rescue anyone who needs help.
They look out for one another, they support and protect each other and respond when there were times of distress.
Just like the tribe of friends that surrounded us in our times of need.
We wouldn’t be where we are today if we hadn’t had those remarkable people in our lives. I am ever grateful that God allowed us to experience that kind of friendship.
Today I have the gift of a new “herd”. (And girls I mean this in the nicest, most fashionable way) 😉
I have found myself surrounded by wonderful women of God who encourage me, pray for me and cheer me on.
When I have felt the attacks of the enemy, I know I can go immediately to my tribe. They support me and cover me with prayer and they never let the weakest of us fall outside of the protection of the circle.
I hope that if you are reading this, you too have felt the support of a tribe like this.
That figurine in our office will always be a reminder of this gift that God has given us throughout the years. While some of the people have changed, the blessings they have been to us are immeasurable.
My prayer this week is that you too will feel the comfort of your own herd, a tribe that is God-picked just for you.