“You Need to Buy Some Elephants….”


Earlier this year, I posted a devotion before I left for Uganda, entitled “Elephants….”

I have had lots of readers post and refer this post, as it has spoken to them and their friends.  I never thought that the day the Lord spoke, “buy the shoes” to me in a sporting goods store would touch so many lives.

For those of you who haven’t read it, I encourage you to in my May posts.

I wrote about how I knew that I was called to Uganda….but I didn’t know how I would get there, or when I would go.  Yet, one day the Lord told me to “buy the shoes”.  As an act of faith and obedience, He told me to buy some hiking shoes.  I did.  But it wasn’t without questioning if I really heard the Lord.  It was so difficult to be asked by the clerk when I would be going to Africa, and all I could say is, “I don’t know.” 

I didn’t even know about CURE International then….and that two years later I would go to Uganda.

When I checked out, I saw that the name of the shoes are “Elephants”.   The Lord said, “You only find elephants in Africa.”  It was affirmation, that this was me hearing His voice.  This was my act of obedience and my belief that I would be in Uganda one day.

He was right.  Here are my elephants hiking Mt. Elgon and Sipi Falls.

As I’ve seen this story speak to so many people, I have one particular person in my life that I want to share about…..she’s buying her own elephants….so to speak.  Her name is Kelley.

I didn’t know Kelley very well at the time I asked her a question.  We were riding in a car somewhere and I asked her if she was planning on having any more children.   I didn’t know why I said that….in fact, I felt bad when it came out of my mouth….like, didn’t I just ask someone a very personal question??

She replied that her and her husband want to adopt a child.  Wow.  I was surprised.  She told me that they had not begun the process, but she has known for a long time that the Lord was calling them to adopt a little girl.

I loved that the Lord had given her a vision of this child.

She shared that she hadn’t acted yet on what she believes.  I told her this….

“You need to get her room ready.”

“Really?”  she turned her head and looked at me, “I’ve felt for some time that I’ve needed to do that.”

I told her about buying some elephants and how I felt so crazy.  I told her about another friend who had adopted a little girl from Thailand and how they prepared her room for two years….they even moved during that time and prepared her another room, all before meeting her or knowing when they would get her!

“I’m gonna do it!”  Kelley said.

That same week of the conversation, Kelley was getting her baby’s room ready.  She even sent me a picture of the baby’s quilt!

Kelley and her husband have completed adoption classes now, their home is ready….they are waiting…..with expectation.

She even has a verse for this journey….

“And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may be able to read it easily and quickly as he hastens by.”  Habakkuk 2:2

Kelley’s vision has been challenged.  Even in her adoption classes, she was encouraged not to have a vision about what type of child she would recieve.  The comment bristled against her spirit as she knows the Lord has given her heart the desire for this daughter.  I invite you to read Kelley’s blog at  www.mylifesongkb.blogspot.com.  The Lord put an angel in her adoption class the night her vision was challenged.

I loved being with Kelley at the Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain Park yesterday.  We were eating lunch and she pulled a beautiful frame out of a bag…

“I bought this for my baby’s room,” she said.

“I love it!”  I smiled.  The frame was great….but I really loved her act of faith.

I cannot wait to meet her new daughter!

I challenge you today to act on what you believe.  What has the Lord called you to do and what is your act of faith?  I heard of a woman one time who was about to lose her home.  She laid down on the floor and cried out to God to help provide for her to keep it.  She got up and began to plant flowers outside of her house.  People would question her as they knew she would be losing her home…

“No, I’m not losing this home.  I’m asking God to provide for me to stay.  If I packed boxes, I’d be acting against what I believe.  Instead, I’m going to plant flowers…..I’m staying,” she proclaimed.

What do you need to do today? 

Plant some flowers?

Decorate a baby’s room?

Buy maternity clothes?

Or, perhaps you may need to buy some elephants. 😀


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