Today I am 47 years old.
And in honor of my birthday I wanted to post on this blog but I couldn't think of anything truly. God is doing a lot of stuff these days in my life and in the lives of those who live with me but none of it is ready to be written about (I've found if you write too soon about what God is doing you sometimes get the perspective wrong or what is really going on or..well, I don't know...something like that anyway).
And so I am going to post part of a blog I wrote November 2, 2013. It is about elephants and it seemed appropriate because I love elephants. I think the elephant is my favorite animal. The giraffe is a close second. And then I love cats and dogs and horses and fuzzy cows are nice (the highland variety) as are goats and ...well, I guess I love a lot of animals. I will edit the blog a bit -- but it will have the same message and I might even add something in the end. We shall see (by the way I got this idea of reposting from Blog Writer Tim Fall.
So, here we go:
I love elephants.
I love to watch them.
I love to touch their wrinkly hide.
My son and I are even reading a book on elephant communication which is making me love elephants even more!
So, because I do a lot of drawing and painting, I decided to do some elephant sketches yesterday (I deleted the oriinal pictures -- I'll try and post one at the end).
OK, why am I showing these pictures to you? This isn't my Doodling blog.
Because I want to share something I learned while drawing and painting elephants.
If you draw some kind of trunk and two flappy ears most people will be able to figure out it is an elephant. The trunk and ears can be misshapen and look nothing like a real elephant's trunk and ears, but the viewer will still be able to guess the drawing is an elephant.
How does this relate to us spiritually?
I don't know really.
Maybe it is that there are marks and clues that are left by God when He works -- that if we notice His touch we will know it is Him.
If you don't know what His touch is like though you won't see Him.
If you don't know an elephant has a trunk and two floppy ears you won't be able to tell a picture is an elephant (even if it is a photograph of one).
So, I guess here's what we gotta do -- get to know God and how He works. Then, we will notice Him in our daily lives.
Because He's there.
He's all around us.
"in Him all things hold together." Colossians 1:17b
"in Him we live and move and exist" Acts 17:28a