Last night, Charlie and I watched an inspiring video called "Duma." Set in Africa, it's a story about a family who finds a baby cheetah and raises it as a pet. The son, Xan, grows very attached to the cheetah who he has named Duma and, when the cheetah grows and it becomes obvious that it's time to release him back into the wild, Xan rebels against that decision.
However, when the family circumstances change, Xan takes Duma and begins the lonely and dangerous trek across Africa in order to release him back into the wild. It's an action packed family oriented film of sacrificial love.
For some time now, I've been intrigued with knowing this wild God who is calling us to join him out in the wild. This has become a recurring theme which Father brings me back to at different times. He has used movies like "Madagascar" to encourage me on this journey back to the wild. He's also worked through fellow bloggers such as Darin Hufford and Gary Kirkham. Every time I read or see something related to this topic, the desire to go deeper into the wild with him increases.
Xan protested his Father's plan to release Duma back into the wild and declared that Duma didn't want to go back. His father told him that wildness was in Duma's blood and in his bones and it would come out of him when he was released. That later proved to be true. As I watched the video, I asked Father to show me what it means for me to go back into the wild. How will it affect my every day life?
The church has been domesticated for hundreds of years. Like pets, we've been told when to sit and when to stand and when we could speak and when we had to be silent (which was most of the time). We've been kept in a cage called religion under our masters (pastors) to make sure we behave ourselves and we're fed tame food. Like Xan, Jesus has freed us and is now taking us on the long journey back into the wild. Maybe at this point, we don't know what it means to be wild but Father is saying that it's in us because he put it there and it will come out.
This is an exciting journey filled with many dangers but the wildness in my heart continually tells me that the journey is worth it and that, as I continue, I will grow freer and freer in who I really am. I now realize that I'm no longer tame. I've tasted enough of the wild that I can't go back into the cage.
I believe Jesus described it best in John 3:8 when he said, "The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."