Wednesday, 14 September 2016

The Elephant Story

Once upon a time there was an explorer in the jungle doing what explorers normally do … exploring. I believe he was writing a book about something or other … various toppings for pizza I think, and he was out in the jungle searching for inspiration … anyway … it doesn’t really matter what he was there for. The fact of the matter is that this explorer was out in the jungle and he came face to face with an elephant.

Well … not quite face to face … he, being a short man and the elephant being as big as an … elephant!

Oh … I forgot to tell you. This short explorer had previously been a doctor. Being so short he became a knee specialist since this is as far as he could reach.

So … to cut a long story short he became and explorer and here he was face to … body … with an elephant.

The elephant was lying on its side with its trunk in the air and flapping its ears … well, he was flapping one ear really, because the other one was under his head as he lay there on his side.

The short explorer also noticed that the poor creature was bleeding from its front paw … or foot, I suppose. Do elephants have paws? It’s not a foot either is it? Not like a human foot. Anyway … let’s get on with the story. This is taking longer than I thought!

The short explorer got nearer to the elephant and noticed a big thorn stuck there at the bottom of the elephant’s foot.

“Aha” … he thought, “I remember reading a story about a man who found a thorn in an animal’s paw … it was a lion I think. Then the man took the thorn out and the lion and he became friends. They met again many years later and the lion recognized him and befriended him all over again!”

Cheered by this happy story the man approached the elephant ever so slowly and using a pair of pliers which he happened to have on him …

All right … don’t ask me why a short explorer in the jungle happened to have a pair of pliers on him. Maybe he had been a dentist and this was a tool he had to extract teeth … after he gave up being a knee specialist.

To continue … using the pliers he extracted the thorn from the elephant’s foot.

The elephant was so relieved! He stood up at once and let out a big trumpet sound to say thank you and ran away happily in the jungle.

Many years later the same short explorer was visiting a zoo whilst on holiday and would you believe it … there in the elephant’s enclosure was a majestically big elephant.

The explorer looked up at the elephant. He was still short that’s why he looked up. And the elephant looked down at the man.

Their eyes met each other … not literally, just a figure of speech to say they looked at each other.

The elephant moved slowly forward and put his trunk through the big metal bars of the enclosure and ever so gently with his trunk he caressed the explorer’s head. The short man smiled. A tear ran down the elephant’s eyes as he continued caressing the explorer.

Then suddenly the elephant wrapped its trunk round the explorer’s neck and started to strangle him tightly until he was blue in the face. Luckily the zoo-keepers managed to free the explorer before he was killed.

Why did the elephant behave this way? You may ask.

The answer is simple.

It was not the same elephant!

And the moral of the story is:  If you're ever in the jungle and you meet an elephant in distress; just ignore him. Chances are you'll never meet again anyway.


Another moral to the story:
Not everyone who says he’s a Christian is necessarily so. That's the real elephant in the room.

Not everyone who calls me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do what my Father in Heaven wants them to do. Matthew 7:21


  1. OH, Victor, some scientist should do a study of just how your brain works---for I can't imagine how you come up with these stories! LOL!

    1. I'll be honest with you, Lulu. Humorous stories just occur to me suddenly at all times of day and night. Sometimes I have to scribble them down on a piece of paper before I forget them, then write them up later. There's a few in the pipeline to be published here soon.

      Glad I made you smile. God bless you, Lulu.

  2. Victor, I don't think I will ever read about false prophets etc. without recalling this image you've created of Strangler Elephant!! Humour, but with a cold note of sobering caution. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Caitlynne. I sometimes like to end with a message in my humorous stories. There are at least 7 humourous stories in the pipeline to be published here.

      God bless you.

  3. Great analogy, my friend. So thankful for you and your encouragement!

    1. Thank you Cheryl for your kindness and support.

      God bless you and yours.

  4. Victor, this is so good! I have truly missed visiting with you! Love your encouragement and your great sense of humor. GOD bless you, my friend! :-)

    1. Glad to see you visiting here again Tai. Don't be a stranger - visit more often for more laughs, and hopefully a bit of sense every now and then.

      God bless you and your family.

  5. Hi Victor! Man, you had me sucked right into this story. I fully expected a joyful reunion of elephant and man. Ha! What a powerful moral for me my friend. A different elephant.
    We must always be on our guard as followers of the Lord. Trust in God, not in my own understanding. Got it!

    1. Thank you Ceil.

      It saddens me these days how many people say they are Christians yet they don't believe in anything, or even know what to believe. That's why I wrote this story - the elephant in the room which we ignore at our peril.

      God bless you.



God bless you.

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