Archives March 2022

Seeing the Elephant

gray elephants walking on field

In all of life the thing I’d like to see…an elephant is the thing for me.

In Lord of the Rings, one of the things Samwise Gamgee, Frodo’s gardener, and sidekick wanted to see was an elephant.

In earlier times the phrase ‘To see the elephant’ didn’t carry a good connotation. It meant the gaining of knowledge, often through natural experiences both good and bad.

People heading across the prairie in the wagon train at times would encounter setbacks that stopped them in their journey further. When asked why they hadn’t gone on the reply would simply be, ‘we saw the elephant.’

It wasn’t a small undertaking to head west in a wagon train. The hopes and dreams of people for gold or land and the chance of a better life not hindered by the unfair advantage of life in the east called loudly.

Seeing the elephant could be compared to the phrase Jesus used when he stressed how necessary it was for people, especially his disciples, to count the cost.

“Luke 14:

28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

31  Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.”

Lion and the Lamb

close up photo of lion s head

March, tradition tells us, comes in and if it’s like a lion, it will go out like a lamb, or vice versa, like a lamb it goes out like a lion.

Today it came in like a lamb. The whole day has been beautiful and warm.

I’ve had my door open and enjoyed the wonderful creation of God. A friendly author sent me a package of books and I read the first one. It was someone that we’ve traded critiques and stories.

The book was “Ice Lake” by Jackie Zack, a murder mystery. The second book is “Big Bluff” also by Jackie Zack, book two in the Katy Russel mystery series.

It’s good to read and it is said in order to be a good writer one must be a good reader. In the last few years, I haven’t had the freedom to read as much as I would like. My reading has centered around my research for my books which does include other books, usually non-fiction about the subjects I’m writing about.

Reading and writing—both go together. Somewhat like the phrase Lion and the Lamb. As Christians when we talk about those two elements we are talking about the same thing. The Lion of Judah, the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world.

Revelation 5:

5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.