Looking for Elephants

I was sitting on an aeroplane.

On an airstrip.

In Italy.

This was not my top ‘things to do in Italy’ choice.

In fact, I didn’t even want to be in Italy.

I wanted to be in Corfu.

But bad weather meant the plane had been diverted.

For hours.

Though, typically, not enough hours for passengers to be allowed off the plane.

So there we sat, becoming more and more acquainted with the back of the seat in front.

In the end, the plane did land safely in Corfu.


That’s where I went this summer, for a holiday with family and friends.

One day, we went into the local village and wandered around the shops.

I was with my goddaughter, and soon realised that she seemed to be looking for something.

Every shop we went into, she looked around, purposefully.

But I didn’t know what she was looking for.

In the end, I asked her.

“What are you looking for?”

“I’m looking for elephants.”

She was looking for elephants.

In a shop beside the sea in Corfu.

As you do.

“Oh, right,” I said, as though this were perfectly normal, “Are elephants your favourite animal?”


Which, of course, made looking for elephants beside the sea in Corfu far less bizarre.

“Dolphins are my favourite.”

Now, looking for dolphins beside the sea in Corfu might have made more sense.

There were lots of dolphin related items in the shops.

But she wasn’t.

She was looking for elephants.

“Elephants aren’t my favourite,” she said.

“They’re yours.”

They’re yours.

And she was right.

I tried to remember how she knew.

When had I told her that?

I couldn’t even remember.

But she did.

She remembered.

And she’d bypassed all the dolphins in order to try and find me an elephant.

There’s a verse in the bible:

‘Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.’

(Philippians 2:4)

That’s what my goddaughter did.

She thought about others.


So often, we get caught up in our own lives.

Let’s also remember to think about others.

Look for elephants beside the sea in Corfu….







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