I received an email from a friend today:
When you are feeling rushed and in a hurry, maybe it is time to stop and appreciate the wonder all around you.
These photos are from Thursday, Feb. 17 by someone from Centurion in Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa.
The guy in the white Volkswagen was trying to get past the elephant:
I’ve never been to South Africa, and Thursday, Feb. 17th, was in 2011. That’s 2 years ago. I can’t verify the legitimacy or credibility of the photos. Who knows for certain in this age of deception in the media – this could be another PhotoShop fraud trying to become viral.
That doesn’t matter.
It made me think about the bigger picture of life as a whole, and I responded to my friend as my thoughts worked their way through my fingertips:
How true. In life, each of us encounters “elephants” in our path. It’s how we handle them that makes all the difference. Do we thank God for the wonder & beauty of that elephant, ask for His wisdom in handling the situation, and praise Him for His perfect will and plan in placing that elephant exactly where He wants it “for such a time as this?” Or… do we rush back into our self-focused, self-satisfying, all-about-me realm where “I want to be comfortable” and do the opposite of Philippians 2:14?
Most of the time we choose the latter and miss the blessings of the former. Thank you for this reminder to focus… on the former.
So right now – today – as you may be looking eyeball to butt-cheek at a tremendous elephant standing in front of you, please remember:
God created it, planned it, placed it, and will teach you great lessons from it should you choose to thank Him, praise Him and trust Him.
To God be the glory. GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE – and will continue to do. 🙂