I Can’t Believe I Get to Do This!

“I can’t believe I get to do this,” I thought to myself as we ended a week of mission work in Nairobi, Kenya followed by a safari in the African plains. It’s been two-and-a-half years since John was diagnosed with cancer and I’m blown away by the goodness of God. I never imagined a trip to Africa would again be an option.

This trip almost didn’t happen for us. There were two concerns: first, getting clearance from John’s doctor and secondly a scheduling conflict on my calendar. We were able to get the thumbs up from John’s doctor but I had a speaking engagement scheduled for just two days after the proposed return date. As much as I wanted to do both I knew I’d be in no shape to speak in the midst of jet lag. Miraculously, the group I was asked to speak for was forced to change their conference date to the following Friday. Not that it’s all about me, mind you, but when the conference coordinator called to tell me about the “terrible mix-up” I knew God was saying, “Go.”

I have a story or two to tell you from our trip but for this week (since jet lag is very real at the moment) I thought I’d just share some of our safari photos. I can’t get over how creative God is and the way every animal has it’s purpose in the wild.

If you’ve ever been on an African safari you know that there are five animals referred to as the “Big Five.” They are Cape Buffalo, African Lion, African Elephant, White/Black Rhinoceros and African Leopard. They are named the “Big Five” because they are the five hardest animals to hunt on foot. We weren’t hunting but were still thrilled to see all five. Apparently, it’s a rare occurrence.

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo

On the lookout for dinner, which you can see by their ribs, they desperately need. Thankfully, we didn’t look appetizing.

A Pride of Lions

A Pride of Lions

This lioness is standing on an inactive termite hill. The active ones don’t have plants growing on them. They were everywhere and many of the animals used them as a lookout “tower.”

Lion on the Lookout

A hungry Lion on the Lookout

This elephant was missing a tusk. The story is he’d been in a fight though I’m not sure there were any witnesses to said fight.

African Elephant

African Elephant

Black Rhinoceros

Black Rhinoceros

Left to our own devices we would never have seen this leopard. Thank God for a good guide. This isn’t a great picture but hey, it’s a leopard!

African Leopard

African Leopard

So there’s the “Big Five” but we saw so much more.

Isn’t this baby hippo the cutest? Did you know that hippos sound like the revving of a motorcycle engine when they “talk.” It’s hysterical.

Mama and Baby Hippo

Mama and Baby Hippo

When zebras are born, they are brown and white, not black and white. Just like people are all different, each zebra’s stripes are unique to him/her.

Zebra

Zebra

Springbok

Springbok

The Masai Ostrich have pink legs and neck. Pinker, anyway, than other ostriches. The female is on the left and the male is on the right in this picture.

Masai Ostrich

Masai Ostrich

Come on people, if this crane isn’t indicative of God’s creativity, I don’t know what is. Beautiful bird!

Grey Crowned Crane

Grey Crowned Crane

Cheetah

Cheetah

And last, but not least, my favorite animal, the giraffe. What an amazingly elegant, yet huge creature.

Giraffe

Giraffe

These are just a few of the over 25 birds and animals we saw. God’s amazing creation!

I am so grateful that John and I got to experience this together. God has blessed us more than we could possibly imagine.

“God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:25

10 comments on “I Can’t Believe I Get to Do This!

  1. Denise Warweg

    Nancy,
    This is so awesome. I am so happy for you and John. God is so good. Thanks for the pictures of God’s creativity. I loved seeing the pictures of you and the children as well. I look forward to reading about more stories in Africa.
    Love,
    Denise

  2. Kandy Noles Stevens

    And my sweet boy would have been over the moon to see a cheetah! Reed loved them. These pictures are incredible and I’m so happy this experience happened for you and John.

    1. Nancy Post author

      No doubt Reed is surrounded by cheetahs in heaven. The kind that don’t eat you! :)

  3. Karen Holte

    Lovely! Miraculous! God, “our” Father, the Giver of Good and Perfect Gifts ~ even His timing!! Kruger is our refuge as we hide in His creation and the Wildness of God. We rejoice you and John could experience it again. Love you so!

    1. Nancy Post author

      Love you, too, Karen! I’m glad we got to experience Kruger with you and Jerry!

  4. Pam Richardson

    Nancy, I am blown away by your photos of God’s amazing creation…the wildlife that He has created! Just meeting you with your visit to my blog is so refreshing. I am so glad that your husband was able to make this trip and for you to both do ministry and enjoy a safari is a blessing, indeed! My husband and I have been on mission to Togo, West Africa and we saw the giant termite hills. Blessings and hugs, Pam @ Everyday Living

    1. Nancy Post author

      Thanks, Pam! And thanks for stopping by to read my blog. Your trip to Togo sounds like it was awesome!

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