It Was Good

I got to enjoy the world God created for us while on Safari this past week. God made a perfect world for us to live in. Our sin wrecked it. If this is what our sin filled world looks like, I can’t wait to see His perfect world. I’ve heard a lot of Tanzanians say that the oldest bones have been found between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. This is also where many people believe the Garden of Eden was located. I don’t think we will ever really know this for sure until we can ask God himself, but as I look out over these two beautiful places I can see it. I can feel it.

IMG_4195God spoke: “Light!”
        And light appeared.
    God saw that light was good
        and separated light from dark.
    God named the light Day,
        he named the dark Night.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day One.”

IMG_4049God spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters;
        separate water from water!”
    God made sky.
    He separated the water under sky
        from the water above sky.
    And there it was:
        he named sky the Heavens;
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Two.”

IMG_1466I was fortunate enough to go on Safari with my family and friends the last three days. Wow! We saw the Big Five and so, so much more.

IMG_4084We rode in the coolest Safari car ever where the roof lifts up and you can stand to look around.



IMG_1511Binoculars are a must unless you are Ben, our Safari guide, who can spot things with his naked eye that I still can’t see with binocs.



“God spoke: “Separate!
        Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place;
    Land, appear!”
        And there it was.
    God named the land Earth.
        He named the pooled water Ocean.
    God saw that it was good.

11-13 God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties
        of seed-bearing plants,
    Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.”
        And there it was.
    Earth produced green seed-bearing plants,
        all varieties,
    And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts.
        God saw that it was good.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Three.”


IMG_4086Wide open plains of the Serengeti.  As peaceful as peaceful gets.


IMG_4126Lions live in prides of about 15. The females do most of the hunting while the male defends the territory. Not pictured is a full grown Giraffe which these three lions had taken down just hours before we arrived.



IMG_4056Giraffes are the tallest mammal on earth and their necks are too short to reach the ground. Aren’t they cute?!



IMG_4107Elephants are the largest land animal in the world. They are endangered because they are hunted for their ivory tusks.

IMG_4164Zebras are single-hoofed animals that are, indeed, black with white strips. Not pictured are about a million more Zebras.

IMG_4075Gazelles drink very little water because they can extract moisture from the food they eat.

IMG_4230 2Cheetahs (my favorite) are the fastest land animal in the world. They can run up to 74 mph – that is pretty dang awesome.

IMG_1403Ya know what else is pretty dang awesome? Spending time with loved ones.

IMG_1420My little, not so little, brother. He told me that Safari is the coolest thing he has ever done. I agree.  In a perfect world, I’d be on Safari 24/7.


IMG_1347If you know me, you know I don’t sleep on the ground. So, when I say that I stayed in a tent in the middle of the Serengeti, let me show you what kind of tent I’m talking about.



IMG_4093And that’s how it’s done!  Pictured below was my morning view out the tent. IMG_4098Our family friend, Trent, joined us. What fun it was to have him along for our crazy family adventure. IMG_4074Montana is SO PRETTY! No question, but I fell in love with TZ when I saw the landscape pictured for the first time one year ago. TZ is into its rainy season now which means I am on spider lookout like never before, but man the green grasses and blue rain-filled skies are what postcards are made of.


“God spoke: “Lights! Come out!
        Shine in Heaven’s sky!
    Separate Day from Night.
        Mark seasons and days and years,
    Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.”
        And there it was.

16-19 God made two big lights, the larger
        to take charge of Day,
    The smaller to be in charge of Night;
        and he made the stars.
    God placed them in the heavenly sky
        to light up Earth
    And oversee Day and Night,
        to separate light and dark.
    God saw that it was good.
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Four.”


IMG_4183Looking out over the Ngorongoro Crater at 2,000 feet deep.


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IMG_4190We had plans of visiting the Hadzabe Tribe, but as you can see by the pictures below the road washed out.  The guys worked two hours in the rain trying to fill in the hole, but there was no passing.

IMG_4206“God spoke: “Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life!
        Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!”
    God created the huge whales,
        all the swarm of life in the waters,
    And every kind and species of flying birds.
        God saw that it was good.
    God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean!
        Birds, reproduce on Earth!”
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Five.”


No better time to read than in the middle of a rainstorm.


God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind:
        cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.”
    And there it was:
        wild animals of every kind,
    Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug.
        God saw that it was good.

26-28 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
        reflecting our nature
    So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
        the birds in the air, the cattle,
    And, yes, Earth itself,
        and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
    God created human beings;
        he created them godlike,
    Reflecting God’s nature.
        He created them male and female.
    God blessed them:
        “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
    Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
        for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

29-30 Then God said, “I’ve given you
        every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth
    And every kind of fruit-bearing tree,
        given them to you for food.
    To all animals and all birds,
        everything that moves and breathes,
    I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.”
        And there it was.

31 God looked over everything he had made;
        it was so good, so very good!
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Six.


This is me enjoying a perfectly pretty yet imperfect world.