Tuesday, 16 July 2019
The Elephant Story
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. The man was called Androcles and George Bernard Shaw wrote a play about him in 1912. Then the man, Androcles, 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 our short explorer 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. Why do you keep interrupting with all your questions?
To continue … using the pair of pliers the short explorer extracted the thorn from the elephant’s foot. Try saying that with a mouthful of marshmallows!
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