by Naomi on August 21, 2010

in Inspiration, Wildlife

Grace = Gift

KALAHARI SUNSET - Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

We call it ‘Big Sky Country‘, the Central Kalahari. Somehow the horizon seems more expansive. Parked alongside a pan in Passarge Valley, we contemplate the meeting point of Heaven and Earth. Mesmerized, we forget to sip our nicely chilled drinks and nibble on the cashew nuts. Regal Gemsbuck drift nearby, quietly crunching the rough grass. Further away, a Ground Squirrel family frolics above its burrows. We’re done filming them. That was exclusive to Golden Hour. Maybe they’ll humour us again in the morning.

Light lingers solely in the sky, gone from the sand. The first rumble of far-off roaring reaches our ears. Warm up for the hunt. Anticipation tingles through the evening air, tempered by a peculiar peace. ‘I have a theory,’ Dave murmurs. ‘It’s almost as if the animals enter a trance-like state, accepting that one of them will go down.’ He’s right, I muse. Predator and prey appear to share a primordial pact. Premeditated panic knows no place here. Only Grace.

Quotes to consider:

“I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” – Wendell Berry

“Grace is available for each of us every day – our spiritual daily bread – but we’ve got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

“We cannot go faster than grace…If God will not go ahead with us, we must wait and go with God.” – Marcia Hollis

This is how the Gemsbuck looked a little earlier:

GEMSBUCK HERD - Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy August 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

Lovely writing Naomi, captures the sense of place perfectly.


Naomi August 23, 2010 at 10:07 am

Thank you, Cin. That means a lot coming from a brilliant writer!


Lance August 21, 2010 at 1:54 pm

This look at grace is just so beautifully shared. I’m especially drawn to what Dave has said – about acceptance. Perhaps the natural world around really gets this concept of grace….and what it truly means. And in that, they are truly living their life…with grace and mercy…


Naomi August 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Lance, as full of insight and love as ever 🙂


nrhatch August 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Fascinating post. Full of thoughts to ponder and photos to admire.



Naomi August 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

Always welcome, Nancy…thank you so much for appreciating!


souldipper August 22, 2010 at 4:46 am

I asked a Spiritual Master how I am to bear the human-like cry of baby rabbits being hunted by my beloved cat when they are in a location I cannot reach. He told me to accept that each has an agreement with the other. Dave’s whisper says he’s there.


Naomi August 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

Thank you for sharing this wisdom, Amy. I can totally relate, given Jina’s hunting habbits, especially since cats tend to take their time. According to Ainslie, Dave has primarily a Hunter/Spiritualist soul type, plus other influences. I feel it figures perfectly 🙂


Jingle August 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm

brilliant words.
Happy Monday!


Naomi August 30, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Thank you, Jingle . . . and to you!


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