Title: BE THERE
And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the swordLeviticus 26:8
Few years ago, I came across a web content where God used buffaloes to teach me a deep lesson. There, I learned the power that one or more support can achieve. In other words, I saw the true definition of unity.
Ted Thornhill shared this experience on http://www.dailymail.co.uk how he witnessed this live event. I’ll try to narrate it as best I can.
Spotted on the plains of the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves, located in South Africa, two lions had their eyes fixed on a herd of buffaloes feeling nervously a short distance away. After stalking the group for a while, one of the lions sprung into action, scattering the whole herd. Believe me, the sight of an attacking lion can be quite a fearsome one.
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The lions had actually marked out a buffalo calf for lunch that day. In this desperate moment, the lions seemed to have the upper hand as all the other adult buffaloes ran past for safety. One lion had gotten and pinned the calf down and sunk it’s teeth into the neck; the other had joined to give the final blow that will end the buffalo calf before they can start feeding on it. They were going to have a field day.
But just when it looked like the young buffalo’s fate was sealed, several adults turned around suddenly and began confronting the lions. A female buffalo made her displeasure known as she lunged at the lion that pinned her calf down. This forced the big cat to leap out of the way.
This brave charge spurred other buffaloes into action as they came together joining forces to chase the lions away. A second bull then came in from the opposite side and together with the female buffalo, helped the young calf to its feet.
Later on, a shot was captured and it was quite an emotional moment for me when I saw it. As the herd walked together and grazed away slowly, the wounded calf slowed down because of its injuries sustained during the attack. It was exhausted and weak. You would be if you had just survived an attack by two fierce and hungry lions. But, almost immediately, an adult female came close and as if she was saying something to the young calf, comforted it and walked beside it step by step until they both joined the group.
This time, the buffalo herd wasn’t going to take chances to any more attacks, so a huge guard male stayed behind the group directly facing the lions as if warning them to steer clear to avoid being dealt with. The big cats just stood at a safe distance and watched.
Buffaloes have been discovered to have an amazingly strong group bond, and when they are confronted with danger, they stand together to face the enemy. They fight each other sometimes but they never leave each other when an enemy surfaces.
Two are better than one… If one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly brokenEccl. 4:9 and 12
There is power when forces are combined. Life isn’t all about you alone. It is about community. God made His creation for community, not isolation. All creatures are one of a kind but no creature is just one, there are more of that kind. He made them male and female as Genesis 1 says. The strength of a community therefore is in the ability of its constituents to be there for each other.
You may not be the one who needs help but because we are part of the same body, you have to realize that the gain of one is a gain to all who are connected to him directly or indirectly. And the lose of one likewise. Helping someone is also a help to yourself. If for nothing but the fact that you’re sowing a seed, gaining an experience for life.
Dear child of God, just as it takes one misstep for one of us to fall, even so it takes a single act of love together to help him back on his feet again. But do you know that if you turn your back, that person may be lost forever?
The devil, just like the lions in our story, is looking for whom to destroy, but we must make up our minds not to allow him have anyone of ours. If they fall, we will fight for them through prayers, encouragement and support until they are restored. We are family. We are one in Christ. Let the love of Christ reign in our hearts, and be your brother’s keeper. -1Pet. 5:8-9; Heb. 13:16; 1Tim. 6:18; Gal. 6:10; Luke 6:35
Although, those you’re doing it for might not appreciate it or might even take it for granted, don’t stop being there. Be the support to all as much as you can. You’re too blessed to fail. Too wise to be confused and so strong that disappointments can’t turn you into it. Fear not.
Be there for another person when they need you. You’re a child of God. That’s what you do. Love constrains us. We love the unlovable, forgive the unforgivable, help the helpless, sustain the ungrateful again and again. We are the blessed of God and act like our Heavenly Father.
Go shine today!
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