Amazing selfie messages are in this picture!
While I was working on my book, Elephants INspiring The Room, my wife and I stayed for a week in Foley, Alabama (near Gulf Shores). When we headed north to start home, just a few blocks from where we were staying, we saw this elephant that we hadn’t noticed on our way in. I wanted a selfie, so I pulled over, jumped out, and took this picture. It’s now the back cover picture on the book.
When I got back in the car and showed it to my wife, she noticed The Salvation Army truck and building right in front of the elephant. We had just spent 9 1/2 years co-leading a nontraditional church with The Salvation Army in Nashville based on Spirit-led sharing and testimony and I had written a book about our experiences called, Beyond Church–An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible–Ekklesia.
Recently, I was taking a closer look at the pic and noticed several things I hadn’t noticed before. The elephant’s tail is perfectly aligned with my cheek and the picture is aligned with my last four books. To the left of The Salvation Army trailer, there’s a palm tree. To celebrate the arrival of Jesus on Palm Sunday, a crowd of people joyfully welcomed Him with palm branches. That made me think of my book, The Joy Of Early Christianity.
At the far left of the picture there is a white pickup with a black trailer. In the pic, a light pole is separating the two. That reminds me of my book, Off the RACE Track–From Color-Blind to Color-Kind. It’s my attempt to clarify and to shine God’s healing light on the history of America’s ongoing racial conflicts.
I try to listen to God for the ideas I write about. To the right of my ear is a tree. I try to write from the tree of life, not from my own knowledge, perspective, and opinions. The many short lines that appear to be coming out of the side of my head remind me of the way inspirational ideas flow through my mind.
I just now noticed that the elephant’s leading foot is on a rock. The living, resurrected Jesus Christ is the Rock.
The Bible’s “Big Story” is that all human hearts are out of synch with the living God, yet He came to humanity as a human being as Jesus Christ to restore people’s connection to Him. The “Small Story” is that Jesus has been in working in me for decades to realign my life and will … Continue reading
–The Talkative Jesus–The gentle coaxing of conscience,Telling me to do what’s right,The inner prompting to obey God,The still-small urging to deny my desiresAnd put the will of God first,A frequent nudge to pray,Uplifting words to tell someone andKind deeds to do to serve someone,Sudden awareness of a Bible verse:When these thingsCome across my mindI know … Continue reading
Some people use their creativity to create excuses. I prefer to find innovative ways to spark hope in people’s hearts. Hate and love both release enflaming sparks. Be careful which set of matches you use! When there’s a shimmering on the ground, people bend down to examine it. Do the same when there’s a shimmering … Continue reading