Wild & Great

After visiting the Hadzabe Tribe last weekend, I’ve been giving this song which is written from God’s perspective a lot of thought.

“Come away with me, it’s never too late, I have a plan for you. It’s gonna be wild. It’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be full of me.” – Come Away by Jesus Culture

I haven’t found a Bible verse matching those lines, but as I got to thinking about different stories in the Bible they do seem wild, great, and full of God.

Daniel. He was thrown into a lion’s den for not worshiping king Darius and with an angel protecting him he lived. That’s pretty wild!

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They walked out of the burning furnace not even smelling like fire. That’s pretty great!

Moses. He led a pretty wild life from the very beginning. Being hidden in a basket and sent floating down the Nile isn’t a norm, but it’s filled with God’s protection for sure! Moses lifting up his rod and parting the Red Sea just might be one of the greatest escape stories ever told and it has God’s power written all over it!


The Hadzabe Tribe lives about four hours from Arusha.  During the rainy season, no one can get to them due to the water levels of the river.


We were able to get out of the Safari car and walk in this dried up riverbed for a while. I loved every minute of it. All I could think about while walking was Moses parting the Red Sea. I would have loved to see this. How wild! How great!




The more I learn about the world we live in, I see the fullness of God’s great design more and more. The Hadzabe rubbed sap from a tree on us that is used as a naturel mosquito repellent. Perfectly planned. There is another trees sap which is poisonous and the Hadzabe use it on the end of their arrows while hunting. Beautifully designed.


I don’t want to sound too “Lion King-y,” but the circle of life is real and active. That was made clear to me while hunting with the Hadzabe. This tribe is one of the last true hunters-gatherers on the face of the earth. They make their bows and arrows and trade… “plants”… for arrowheads made by other tribes.


It is just SO crazy to me that people really do live this way. They only eat if they kill something. They don’t speak Swahili.  They speak the “click” language. Guys, this was seriously one of the wildest things I’ve ever heard!


I wouldn’t last a day out there. I never had a desire to hunt while growing up even though my dad would offer to take me.   I knew I wouldn’t be quiet enough for hunting which was proven true when we were told to stop talking during our hunt.



I would have loved to see from someone else’s point of view the five of us girls following the Hadzabe around. Fossil purse, water bottle, and iPhone in hand videoing everything.  I’ve never felt so out of place until I got to shoot the bow!





I was a natural (who never hit the target, but that’s beside the point) and I shot until my fingers hurt. It was great.




I am turning 25 at the end of the month and I can confidently say my life is wilder and greater than I ever dreamed it would be by this age. I am proud to say it has been full of God. How else does one end up living in TZ serving orphaned kids?


God dreamed big while creating the earth for us. Just look at the details in creation! And one day every tribe and tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Some might use Clicks, others Swahili or English, but what a joyous day that will be. “For God so loved the world.” My life growing up in Montana is equally applicable to this verse as is the Hadzabe Tribe, and your life, and orphaned babies’ lives, and everyone else living on the face of the planet.


Until that day, dream big! Literally anything could happen. It will be wild, great, and full of God. I promise.


“God is able to do far more than we ask or think! So, dream big.  He can handle it!”              – Dorris Fortson