The largest land animal!
Coming eye to eye with an Elephant can be very intimidating and very mysterious. What lurks in that mind? Does he feel in similar ways that we do?
The massive and powerful animal can strike fear in our hearts. Elephants who become upset can attack a car and flip it several times when provoked. We have been reminded on several occasions that this is their world and our intrusion is not always welcome.
When on safari we have been told certain signs to watch for when an elephant is agitated and dangerous. Flapping ears, shaking of the head and a trumpeting charge can strike deep fear. You realize you have no control over this massive animal.
Yet under that tough skin and lumbering appearance is a surprise. You find that elephants are very social, attentive and caring.
Babies are cared for and helped by the group when they enter water and muddy areas. Babies tend to run close to the mother and sometimes under the mother. All of the elephants in a group take note of anyone struggling. We have seen elephants supporting and attempting to raise a wounded companion. We have seen mothers and grandmothers lift little ones over a muddy bank since the baby is too little to scale the slippery bank.
Leadership and experience play a crucial role in elephant social organization. When a group surpassed ten or more animals they tend to split into two groups.
A baby elephant charged our vehicle one day. The disinterested mother did keep her eye on us. She knew the little one was playing. We didn't know!
Who do you walk with in life? Who in your group pays attention to your needs? Who steps up to help you when a need becomes apparent? Are you walking through life solo? Have you chosen someone to walk your life with? Who is your leader? Who do you lead?
That is the role of the fellowship in the church. We need one another to help us when we slip and fall. Find a walking companion today.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.