I was watching a very interesting program on the worlds deadliest animals and I talked about the Cape Buffalo also known as The Black Death. The Cape Buffalo stands about five feet tall, about eight feet long, and around 2,000 pounds. They are herd animals, usually about a hundred per herd, and this is actual the key to their survival. The best way to describe their defense tactics is the old saying of, “One for all and all for one”. No one animal is used in defense of the herd. They all fight for the herd.
It’s also been said the Caped Buffalo is the prize fighter of Africa. They have horns that reach three feet across and they have a skull that can withstand the impact of up to 1,000 PSI. In simpler terms, they can withstand being hit in the head by a one ton truck. And if all of that was not impressive enough, the biggest thing that stood out to me was one big fact: They kill lions.
Now if you were to look at one of these things you wouldn’t think they were something to be feared. They look like big shaggy cows. But apparently they can transition from a sort of slow, grass eating cow to a freight train of pain almost instantly.
At this point you might be thinking, “That’s all very interesting, but what has this got to do with church?” I’m a mind reader so I know these things. I point this about because I love small groups and what they bring to the table. Now you might not exactly see a correlation, but I sure do. In small groups, you have people coming together, worshiping God together, and forming bonds. In times of trouble, small group members are your fellow troops in the fox hole. Or in this case, your fellow buffalo in the herd. They will rally around you, pray for you, bring you meals, visit you in the hospital, and so much more.
Small groups are also in a way, the spiritual warfare fighting force for most people. The Enemy is compared to a lion in many places in Scripture and the Caped Buffalo can take down lions. So I think it’s safe to say, a small group can keep the enemy at bay. I know I’ve sure seen it in our Men’s group.
So if you’re on the fence about small groups, just remember the Caped Buffalo and know that eventually, you’re going to need someone to lend a hand. Why not people you know, trust, and maybe even have come to love as family. Just some thoughts.
~Brad McC lain