How to Eat an Elephant.

Posted: January 16, 2012 in Uncategorized
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After traveling to West Africa for five years on a pretty regular basis, I have come to appreciate and love African Proverbs. One is so simple: You eat an elephant one bite at a time. Just another way to say we face any difficult task one step at a time.

One of my favortie Bambara Proverbs is, “No matter how long a log floats in the river, it never becomes a crocodile.” When I ask them what it means, they say, “You can never be something that you are not.” So I ask, “If I carve it to look like a crocodile and set it in the river for one hundred years?” “No.” “Can the witch doctor transform it?” “No.”

“So, can a stick ever become a snake?” “No”. Then I tell the story of God calling Moses, and how God told Moses to throw down his staff, and it becomes a stick.” SUddenly the answer is, “Only God can turn a stick into a snake, or a log into a crocodile.” And the point ultimately is that only God can transform a person from being a sinner into a person who is righteous and can enter heaven.

“Therefore, if any person be in Christ, they are a new creation. Behold, all things become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

  1. Hareem says:

    Such a lovely post! True, the power resides with God only.

  2. Delores says:


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