We usually have a few elephants around the house, because they are little Ella's favorite animal. So I stay on the alert for news in the elephant world. And there has been plenty in the last week. For starters, zookeepers have discovered that their elephants are too fat. I'm guessing there's no way you can tell this just by looking (wish the same was true for me) so they had to buy elephant scales that cost $5,000. They're now making their elephants diet and exercise. They are making the elephants do deep knee bends (I'm not kidding!). And the zookeepers are burying their food and hanging it up high so that the elephants really have to work to get it. It seems to me that the ones losing weight will be the zookeepers. In other late breaking elephant news, it's been said that elephants are afraid of mice, but what they are really scared of are bees. You heard me right, scared to death. They sound an alarm and run when bees are around. I can't figure this out, since you'd think they couldn't feel stings through their thick hide. Perhaps they are afraid the bees will fly up their trunks. An elephant with their trunk up is supposed to be good luck. That would be good luck for us, not the elephant, as bees could more easily fly up their snoot. In Africa, elephants can wipe out a family's crops overnight. So now they are thinking of making fences of bee hives to keep the elephants out. Diet, exercise, and bees. There's no peace for the poor elephants. But there can be for us. A peace that is not dependant on weight, diets, or bees, but that comes from inside.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27