August 27th, 2010 by A.G.J.
Returning from my extraordinary African trip (spent in Kenya and Rwanda), I am reflecting on some of the deeper teachings I was blessed to witness. While in the Masai Mara, my fellow travelers and I viewed a river “crossing” made by wildebeest and zebra. It’s a challenging time because there are crocodiles lurking around in the water and crossing literally risks one’s life.
We observed as a large group of wildebeest gathered along the river bank. There was a lot of jostling and restless movement. One wildebeest would start and then jump back, skittish. Finally, seemingly out of nowhere, a baby wildebeest came bounding across the water leading what was to become a crossing of literally hundreds of wildebeest and zebra.
The words from Isaiah echoed in this moment “… and a little child will lead them.”
At the risk of sounding cliche, I have to say that, not only are children our future, they are our teachers. They inhabit the present moment in a way that few adults are able. They radiate lightness of being and unrestrained joy. They are extremely honest and refreshingly unselfconscious. They “do” for the sheer delight not for any quantifiable “gain”. Endearingly so, they do not make sense. I just adore them. I sit in their church, the church of truth, joy, bubbles, and freedom.
That little wildebeest leapt straight into my heart, reminding me of what I am capable of if I’d just stop banging around the edge of what I need and want to experience. “Going for it” is, in the end, the only way. A child taught me that. May I be wise enough to listen.