20 February 2009

Elephants Never Forget


I received an e-mail a couple years ago with this story in it. It's such a great story, that I decided to save it for a future day to enjoy all over again....today is the day.


In 1986, Mkele Mbembe was on holiday in Kenya after
graduating from Northwestern University. On a hike
through the bush, he came across a young
bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the
air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Mbembe
approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee
and inspected the elephant's foot, and found a large
piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and
as gently as he could, Mbembe worked the
wood out with his hunting knife, after which the
elephant gingerly put down its foot.




The elephant turned to face the man, and with a
rather curious look on its face, stared at him for
several tense moments. Mbembe stood frozen,
thinking of nothing else but being trampled.
Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned
and walked away.




Mbembe never forgot that elephant or the events of
that day.




Twenty years later, Mbembe was walking through the
Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the
elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked
over to near where Mbembe and his son Tapu were
standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mbembe,
lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down.
The elephant did that several times then trumpeted
loudly, all the while staring at the man.




Remembering the encounter in 1986, Mbembe couldn't
help wondering if this was the same elephant.
Mbembe summoned up his courage, climbed over the
railing and made his way into the enclosure. He
walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder.
The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one
of Mbembe's legs and slammed him against the railing,
killing him instantly.




It probably wasn't the same elephant.
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12 February 2009

God is So Good

It's amazing to me the perfectness of the Lord's goodness. After a tough couple of days, I cannot stop thinking about how good the Lord is. I know he must allow certain things to happen just to remind us not only that He is GOD, but that he is a GOOD God. There are times when it is hard to accept His timing as part of His goodness, but then there are the times when you KNOW that the timing is so perfect it couldn't be anything else other than God showing up his goodness.

Thank you to all of our sweet friends and family for your prayers, phone calls, and e-mails. I am again reminded what AMAZING people the Lord has brought to our life.

For those who havn't heard, on Tuesday morning Kyle took me to the ER because I was having severe abdominal pain. It turned out to be an ectopic pregnancy that required surgery. Everything went well with the surgery and I was able to come home yesterday morning. Cassie was already planning on keeping LK on Tuesday. My parents were already planning on coming yesterday so they came a day early. Laura Kate was already drinking formula so that was one less thing to worry about. I am so thankful we were able to catch it early enough before anything more serious happened. Please continue to pray for a fast recovery!

[Side note: Laura Kate started crawling (more like army-crawling) yesterday and sat up by herself from a laying down position.]

**Disclaimer, I am also on some goooood pain killers, so if something doesn't make sense, that's why!
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