swimming elephants

“In the divine Scriptures, there are shallows and there are deeps;
shallows where the lamb may wade, and deeps where the elephant may swim.”

― John Owen


Okay, so I love elephants…
and we already know I love sheep…so what a great picture…
and what an even better quote, right?

For there are indeed shallows and there are deeps..

And currently I’m in the deeps…

This commuting business 7 days a week now, is well, taking it’s toll,
just as is the vigil of watching someone you love…slowly die…

So I’m going to keep this short and sweet as it is now late and I am very tired…

Twice this week, throughout my travels, I have seen the same words in two very different places.
And I’ve lived long enough to know that if you see something repeatedly,
there just may be a reason.

“Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal”

What a blessed reminder…that there is nothing here that cannot be overcome…
nothing here that can be suffered or endured that Heaven cannot outwit, outrun or

Thank God!!!

“and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades
will not overcome it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be
bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Matthew 16:18-19

19 comments on “swimming elephants

  1. Lynda says:

    Julie, thank you for continuing to touch base with your blogging family in spite of your extreme fatigue and angst for your dad. Please know that you are surrounded by prayer – we are with you as are those who have gone to be with our Lord before us! Blessings.

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    Amen to what Lynda said. You are in our hearts and prayers as you go down this difficult road. Your sharing this story is not only a courageous, daunting one, but through it you are helping others facing similar difficulties. God be with you!

  3. David says:

    I can only echo what has already been said Julie. You remain in my prayers. The words I have been repeatedly hit with of late are: “Trust Me.” And I have had the same song twice in the last week – once through a blog and again through an email this morning. It is called ‘O Come to the Altar’ – which of course is the only place to be when times are tougeh. Words say: ‘O come to the altar, the Father’s arms are open wide.’ God bless you and sustain you through this time.

    On a lighter note I wish you had been in our home this morning. Beth stopped by with her team members and two members of another YFC team while en-route to their mid-year retreat across the border in Wales. It was like a whirlwind passing through the house. Marilyn fed them and loaded them up with savoury and sweet snacks and cake that was still cooling from having been out of the oven only a short while. And off they went. The van roaring up our road at a faster rate than I would consider wise. And after the whirlwind had gone I remembered what a blessing it is to see young people serving God and growing in Him. These kids could all be off at University but have given their time instead to serving God and spreading the Good News.

    • David, reading your words this morning before I headed over to Dad’s I felt such a strength as well as a peace—He always lets us know He’s not even a breath away–for He is in our very breathing….I think about the expression…when the going gets tough, the tough get going…to their knees!!
      And well… Beth, what can we say?!….what a joy and testament to enthusiasm and commitment—a true holy rolling of thunder!
      I bet you and Marilyn were left sitting in their wake, wondering what just hit the house…
      Thank you David…for your love and support!

      • David says:

        Glad about the strength and peace Julie.

        We felt a little stunned – wondering what hit us! In less than an hour they consumed bacon and sausage butties, managed a game of football on John’s X-Box thingy, and well …. they were just full of life. But Beth managed to forget a bag of items Marilyn had put together for her at her request – something to do with team building events. Off to Barcelona on a work trip today. Speak soon.

      • safe travels David

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  5. Karen says:

    Your faith will keep you strong even when your body and mind are so very tired.

  6. Melissa Presser (still Esquire) says:


  7. Amen and amen!!! 🙂 ❤

  8. lljostes says:

    Thanks for sharing, Julie. Sending love, prayers and hugs your way!

  9. Wally Fry says:

    Prayers as always friend

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