Sunday, February 13, 2011

Elephants


Numbers 22:21-35

My last post referred to how God will use everyday events to help us learn and grow closer to Him. He will use those events to make us more like Him. He will also take radical steps to change us such as a change in job or environment. In the book, Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson, he writes how in order to follow the Spirit's lead we sometimes need to make a radical change in our environment (such as my trip to Zambia). Other times, God will put a road-block in our path and force us to wait. This reminds me of another story about Zambia.

Our group leader explained how when we got back, most people just want to hear surface details about the trip and there will be very few who actually want to hear the stories that broke our hearts. There would be some people who would be satisfied just to hear that we saw elephants while in Africa. So, for those of you who want to hear about elephants, here you go!
This was our last full day in Zambia, and we went to Victoria Falls to see one of the seven wonders of the world (it is breath-taking to see God's creation). On our way back to Livingston, we were stopped because elephants were crossing the road. When you see such large creatures getting ready to cross the road, you know that playing chicken with them would not be wise and you are much better pulling off to the side and waiting for them to pass. We were amazed by seeing elephants out in the wild and enjoyed the experience. We didn't mind the delay.

God will put elephants in our path sometimes. We could choose to continue moving forward; however, that wouldn't be the wise thing to do. It is best when an elephant is crossing to stay out of the way and let him pass. God puts us in situations where we just need to pull over and wait, and possibly change course. This reminds me of the story of Balaam, where Balak was paying him to curse the Israelites in the desert. Please read Numbers 22:21-35 to see what God put in his path. God wants us to follow His direction, not our own or other people's.

Has God put an elephant in your path lately? Have you asked God why?

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