The Elephant Whisperer
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He created a perfect setting for all His creatures to live in the Garden of Eden. Then man messed it all up by disobeying God’s instructions.
Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to live in the Garden of Eden harmoniously with lions, elephants, and all kinds of other animals? No fear, no sickness, no death, no sorrow…
Every once in a while we get echoes of what it must have been like. Every once in a while stories surface of unusual harmony in this predatory world of conflict: Dogs nursing kittens, cats nursing puppies, and so on.
Then there are the stories of humans uniquely able to communicate with animals, such as Cesar Milan the dog whisperer and Dan (Buck) Brannahan the horse whisperer. Now we have the incredible story of Lawrence Anthony, the elephant whisperer.
Since 1999 Mr. Anthony has cared for two wild and troublesome elephant herds on the 5,000 acre Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa. Mr. Anthony died in March 2012. Though the elephant herds were miles away in the bush at the time, they somehow sensed Mr. Anthony’s passing, made a 12 hour journey to his house, stayed around to mourn for two days, and then disappeared back into the bush. Read the amazing full story here.
Such stories serve as reminders of God’s promise that one day He will restore the glorious harmony He originally created:
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. (Isa 11:6)
The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the LORD. (Isa 65:25)
Thus we are also reminded of the most precious gift we’ve been given: The opportunity to enjoy glorious harmony with God forever – if we so choose. The mysteries of how God is accomplishing that miracle and how we can choose to participate through Christ Jesus are made fully clear in the Bible:
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (Joh 11:25-26)
Joh 20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (Joh 20:30-31)
… This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.(Joh 21.24)
I look forward to enjoying your company in the glorious harmony of the restored Garden with Jesus, plus elephants, tigers, lions, wolves, lambs, and many other wonderful creatures because
All is not as it looks.