I don’t know about you but whenever I get stressed and don’t know what to do… I feel a migration movement coming on. What I mean is I want to get up from where I am at and move to another place. You’ve heard the grass is greener on the other side? I’ve often wondered if this is attached to migration. In the case of passing from this life to the next. I do believe the grass is definitely greener on the other side, at least for me.
Whenever the Lord allows me to go back to Kenya my dream is to travel all around the perimeter of Kenya and to see the great migration that occurs yearly. It is a natural instinct for literally millions of animals who migrate from Kenya to Tanzania. About Travel says,
The great annual migration of millions of zebra, wildebeest (gnu) and other antelope in East Africa tops almost every list of safari experiences. When you plan your trip, you’ll need information about the annual migration, the best times to witness this wildlife spectacle, where to stay, and when to see it in Kenya and Tanzania.
Each year around 1.5 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra (along with other antelope) gather up their young and start their long trek from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains, further north to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. They go in search of food and water. Their journey runs in a clockwise circle and the animals cover a distance of around 1800 miles. It’s a tough journey, and every year an estimated 250,000 wildebeest don’t make it.
One of the most spectacular sights of the migration is when the herds gather to cross the Grumeti River (Tanzania) and the Mara River (Kenya) from July through September.
Psalm 23 reminds me of this distinct urge and how David must have felt when he was tending his flock and they had this sudden urge to migrate! When are we comfortable with passing from one dimension into the other. In David’s case he was hunted, betrayed, and pursued by his enemies in an attempt to keep him from his inheritance. This was a position and place to which he had not yet arrived, yet I believe deep within him the urge to continue through trauma, stress and trials moved him to not give up and to pursue the unknown. I wonder if he was choosing life here, and wanting what only death could bring… a migration to the other side where rest, peace and eternity reigns supreme.
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
The Brook, Valley and River of Kidron (Cedron)
1 Kings 2:371599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
37 For that day that thou goest out, and passest over the river of Kidron, know assuredly, that thou shalt die the death: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.
Nehemiah 2:151599 Geneva Bible (GNV)
15 Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall, and turned back, and coming back, I entered by the gate of the valley, and returned.
40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, and unto the corner of the horsegate toward the East, shall be holy unto the Lord, neither shall it be plucked up nor destroyed anymore forever.
The darkest valley is spoken about in scripture. Before you come to it you must go over the brook of Kidron. David walked over it, Nehemiah, Jeremiah….then finally Jesus and his disciples on the way to the garden of Gethsemane on the night he was betrayed. The famous song says, “we all have to walk that lonesome valley by ourselves.” Migration comes to us all to make that walk from this life to the next. I have chosen to walk in the way of Jesus. He went before me, but He is still with me.
If you would like to learn more about the Journey Jesus took over the Brook of Cedron I would be happy to share with you, your small or large group! Email me at CinderellaReleased@gmail.com