A Belonging Place

Two weeks ago, I took my daughter to see the movie, Australia. Despite what the critics had to say, we thought it was a great movie. I encourage you to set aside three hours and go see it. The primary characters are Lady Ashley (Sarah), an aristocratic English woman, Drover an Australian cowboy and Nullah a half white, half Aborigines boy.

The story line is that Lady Ashley’s husband has gone to Australia to work a cattle ranch he bought. After not hearing from him, she leaves England to find her husband with intentions of selling the ranch and returning home. The boy, Nullah lives on the ranch with his mother. Drover works as a cowboy on the ranch.

The boy spends time with his grandfather, a native called King George. The grandfather teaches him the customs and ways of the Aborigines. Nullah lives in two worlds. During this time, boys who were mixed breeds were gathered together and sent to Missions where they were taught Christianity and had the savage “bled” out of them. Nullah often “made himself invisible” in order to prevent capture.

Lady Ashley’s husband is killed before she arrives. She hires Drover to help her deliver the cattle. Nullah also serves as a cowboy. Eventually Nullah and Lady Ashley grow close, but in time he explains that the time is coming for his “Walkabout”. Lady Ashley forbids it, but King George beckons. Drover explains that Nullah has to go. It is the Walkabout that gives an Aborigines male his identity, his purpose. He tells her, “If he doesn’t go he will never know who he really is. He wont belong in the white mans world and he wont belong in theirs. He won’t have his dreams. He won’t know his story.”

The Walkabout is a spiritual journey to a “belonging place”. It is where the young males connect spiritually to the land, it is here that they learn the songs that lead them, and it gives him his dreams and his voice in the world. It is the path to a belonging place.

Should 2009 to be the year of your Walkabout? It seems we will invest time and money in improving our golf game, dance steps, physical fitness, nails, hair and psyche, but will we invest time and money in the spiritual journey of discovering our “belonging place?” I have a goal to take some time, perhaps several days for solitude and to walk. I need to discover my dreams again, to learn the songs of direction and to reconnect to the Earth. I want to find my voice in the world, to recapture my story. I need to find my belonging place.

The Old Book says that Jesus often stayed in lonely places and prayed. Make 2009 the year of your Walkabout. Take the Lord Jesus along because wherever the Walkabout may take us, it’s in Him that we discover our voice, learn our songs, write our stories and connect to what truly matters. He is our Belonging Place.

telemicus out

4 Responses to A Belonging Place

  1. cindy smith says:

    Well sounds like a movie I might need to see. I was drawn to it, but not sure. So many movies cost more than they are worth (emotional pain). I totally get what your saying and believe its a mission many need to embark on. Too bad we don’t figure out how to do a walkabout sooner. Praying (as I have for awhile) that you find your belonging place. Good writing and a good submission. Thanks!

  2. Terri says:

    I need to go on a walkabout to refresh/renew my relationship with the Lord. Like so many christians, I was on a journey. I had a mission. I felt that I had a purpose and was making a difference. Then, somehow, I wasn’t on the path anymore. I had taken a detour. Instead of followig the signs, I keep taking a wrong turn. The more turns I take, the farther away from the Lord I become. Then all of the sudden you feel lost. Like you’re never gonna find your way home.
    And there is a simple solution. ME. I have to make sure that I find my way back. Using every means that I have to get there. And God has given me everything that I need. GPS: Verbal directions, fom other christian friends, a map: the bible, just have to open and read for step by step directions, transportation: the Holy Spirit, to move me. And I may need to ask for or print new directions: tell someone for accountability. The Lord is the FREEway, He didn’t move. I’m the one that took the exit. He has a whole lot of on ramps ready to guide me home.

  3. Justin says:

    So, is it assume that Nullah comes back after his Walkabout to Sarah and Drover?

    Thanks

  4. Michael Taylor says:

    Well not wishing to disclose the plot of the movie, I’ll just say that they dont really show us how far the story goes after he leaves on his walkabout.

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