It was one of those rare Sundays when I gave myself a treat and went out on a game drive.
The wildebeest were back in my little corner of the Garden, walking steadily towards us in a single column not more than 4 deep. The ones at the front of the herd looked pretty young and I wondered how they new the way.
Suddenly, they stopped. The whole herd of millions of wildebeest could not move on. The leaders had just simply stopped.
A few wildebeest were beginning to scatter off the column in search of more grass to eat, but some strong looking wildebeest who seemed to be playing the role of ‘crowd controllers’ would not let them go far. Running from one side of the column to another, they gathered the wildebeest back into the path, seemingly oblivious of the fact that in fact the column had stopped.
My game drive guide was telling me that they had probably stopped because they could not find the path any more and so did not know the way. They were waiting for some direction from the older generation, he said. It did not take long for the guide’s words to come true.
When a few of the older wildebeest broke off the column the ‘crowd controllers’ did not stop them. They were not too far behind so it did not take them long to get to the front of the migration and start the herd moving again.
It was a fascinating spectacle to see. Not only did they clearly know where they were going, they had rules of behavior, leaders, crowd controllers, and respect for the knowledge of the older generation. These rules that they seemed to abide by kept them together, safe and in existence in the largest numbers of a single species in all of creation apart from mankind.
God’s awesome creation was teaching me something again…. Everyone has a positive role to play in this life, including the so called ‘older generation’ or ‘old people’. The wildebeest understood the importance of rules of conduct for their own safety and well being, and respected the prompting of the ‘crowd controllers’ to get back in line.
Which brings me to us.
How many times have you said to yourself or to someone else: ‘rules are there to be broken’? How many times have you felt that the regulations are an unneccessary restriction just made to make life more difficult? How many times have we all complained about corruption in upper echelons of government, and yet been quick to give an officer of government a little something to speed things up or let us go? … perhaps out of fear that the system ‘does not work and you are not likely to get what you deserve any other way’?
Who is responsible to stop the rot that prevents us from living in peace, and well being? Who should start first?
No, I will not give an answer today. While the wildebeest ‘crowd controllers’ had their role to play, we each have our internal controller – our conscience granted us by God Himself. Each one of us knows when we are going the wrong way … before man and most importantly, before God.
It is time to make a stop to the rot in our society, and get back on the path to peace and well being, each person in their own time and space, each person making a little difference… and with the loving help of God surely we can make a difference?
Will you join me?