No one is insignificant in God's eyes, and His care for sparrows,
finches, eagles, and elephants is a constant reminder that He cares for
you, and for me. What He makes, He cherishes.
Consider the elephants of the Pavilion Hotel in Phuket, Thailand, where
one of the most popular attractions is elephant rides. As many as eight
people on one elephant, first into the surrounding forest, then down to
the beach, to lunch at a fresh water lagoon, then back to the hotel.
"Our nine elephants," writes Pavilion Hotel Group manager Jim France,
"are kept chained to in-ground posts, not because they need to be, but
because it makes the tourists feel better because their children seem
safe from a tromping when they're feeding the beasts."
"About twenty minutes before the first wave of the recent Tsunami hit,
the elephants became extremely agitated and unruly. Four had just
returned from a trip and their handler's had not yet chained them. In a
desperate panic, the four elephants helped the other five tear free from
their chains. They all then climbed a hill and started bellowing. Many
people followed them up the hill. Then the waves hit."
"After the waves subsided, the elephants charged down from the hill, and
started picking up children with their trunks and running them back up
the hill. When all the children were taken care of, they started helping
"God's elephants" rescued forty-two people that day. Then, they returned
to the beach and carried up four dead bodies, including one of a child.
Not until the task was done did they allow their handlers to mount them.
Then, with handlers atop, they began moving wreckage.
So remember, whatever God makes, He cherishes. Including elephants,
sparrows, and you.