I.….am carrying an elephant! It’s heavy, huge, and I’ve been carrying it for a while now. I’ve decided to name her Ellie (cute huh?) I know that when she gets here, I’ll be so happy to have gone through the process of carrying her and will be grateful for all the waiting, patience, and learning it took to get her here. It will have been worth it!
Okay…I know you’re trying to figure out what in thee entire heck is wrong with me…ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Mmmkay…so, a few weeks ago, I read the story of the elephant and the dog (I’ve included the youtube clip of the story). Well (shortened version), they became pregnant at the same time and after about three months, the dog gave birth. The dog became pregnant again in six months then gave birth 3 months after that. So, after having all these puppies, the dog finally asks the elephant “Uh, girl, you sure you pregnant or do you just LOOK pregnant?” Basically saying, look, the first time, we were pregnant at the same time but I’ve had all these dern puppies and you have had not one baby elephant. What the mess is going on??? After that, the elephant smiled and basically said, “Look, this is not a puppy, it’s an entire elephant. It takes me almost 2 years to have this thing.” In fact, I’ll quote the elephant from the story,
“There is something I want you to understand. What I am carrying is not a puppy but an elephant. I only give birth to one in two years. When my baby hits the ground, the earth feels it. When my baby crosses the road, human beings stop and watch in admiration, what I carry draws attention. So what I’m carrying is mighty and great.”
After reading this story, it prompted me to look up information on the birth of an elephant. African and Asian elephants have pregnancies that last 22 months and at birth, their babies weigh about 230 pounds. This is one of the longest gestation periods of any animal on earth and the longest of any land animal. Liiiikkkkke, elephants carry an entire GROWN UP in their womb! Geez!
Point??? Oh…boy…..have I got one!!! You see, it’s so easy to look around at everyone else’s answered prayers and wonder when yours will come. I’m sure you’ve done it…you don’t have to admit it to me but I’ll admit that I’ve done it. After reading this, I thought about the magnitude of the work that God is doing in my life. It carries more weight than anything that I’ve ever experienced, had, or even think myself capable of handling. It will supercede everything that I’ve ever asked for or even wanted. And that is why it is taking so long to be birthed. Lately, I’ve had time to sit and think about my process….where I was and where I’ve ended up….and how I’ve changed as God has commanded me to. It’s all been apart of the birthing process of this purpose…..this divine destiny that I’m carrying. He knows what’s best and He knows when I’m REALLY ready to deliver. I have had to learn not to be envious of all the “puppies” being born around me and to stay focused on carrying this “elephant”.
Stop looking at and desiring all the cute little “puppies” that aren’t yours while declaring that you “want what’s yours.” Stop putting limits on God based on what others have. Sometimes, we can be like children…take them into a store with the intent of getting something they’ve wanted all year long and allow them to watch three of their friends get something totally different and it’s “game on”. Minds change, tantrums ensue, begging begins. We gotta stop that! God has so many great and amazing things for us, but we gotta complete the process; we gotta keep carrying this elephant.
You see, when my “baby” hits the ground, the earth will feel it! What I am carrying is great and mighty! “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” (Psalms 62:5) “The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” (Lamentations 3:25)
Carry that elephant!!!!!
Love y’all…get some rest,