Of wonder and wild …

Psalm 104_24

How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24 (NIV) 

What a wildly wonderful word, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. Psalm 104:24 (MSG)


We watched them march in single file. A herd of elephants orderly and proud. One behind the other, old and young, teenaged and middle-aged all coming down to the watering hole to relax and enjoy.

Every other animal scattered. None of them wanted to linger and duke it out for space with this herd. They would wait to get a drink later. They had time. No reason to give a grey brute a run for its money. There was no way something smaller could possibly win.

Those elephants thoroughly enjoyed the watering hole. It wasn’t very deep but they waded in trumpeting as they went. Over they went, rolling side to side. The littlest ones submerged themselves fully. The bigger the splash the better. Trunks sprayed water recklessly. Other jostled and tousled with each other. This was a time for letting loose, play, good elephant fun!

I sat still and watched the spectacle unfold in front of me. Goosebumps raised on my arms at the majesty and power of the herd moving about their business. We laughed. Some of the antics of littles and teenagers were just so silly. Elephants tease each other. They push and shove to get their spot. The teenage males tested out their prowess. Much jostling, ear flapping and trunk tangling ensued.

The matriarch had it all firmly in hand. She had led the herd into that particular watering hole. She knew how much time she wanted to spend there. She had access to the best spot. Her eyes roving to and fro as the rest of the community enjoyed. When it was time to go, a quick trumpet and she set off. Slowly but surely, every elephant joined the train heading back across the savanna to the trees in the distance. The last ones left the watering hole with slow steps. They would much rather have stayed.

God’s creativity was on full display. My journal from that trip a recollection of amazement.

How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24 (NIV)



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