How many of you can see the elephant in the room in this picture?
I realize he blends in with the hideous wallpaper in this painting, but I’m still pretty sure we can all see him.
Then why is it so often in our lives we allow an elephant in the room and pretend as if he is not there at all?
The elephant in the room is an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.
How many of you have an elephant in the room where you live? Where you work? Where you go to church? In your social circles? In your family? In your marriage or relationship? The alcoholic. The drug user. The cheater. The gambler. The liar. The thief. The gay one. The crazy one. The sinner. We all have them. That person or situation you just don’t want to talk about. Instead we all want to appear as if we are perfect. Our lives are perfect. But we’re not. None of us are. None of us are free of sin. Except for Christ.
My own family recently returned its elephant to the wild. We addressed those things that no one wanted to talk about. Except behind closed doors. Each other’s backs. No more elephant. Open communication now stands where the big elephant once did. The elephant.was big! God is bigger.
Let’s all be strong and courageous. Let’s address the elephants in the room. Let’s talk about those issues everyone avoids talking about. Let’s tear down the walls. Let’s stop with the labels. The gossip. The backstabbing. The judgment. Let’s instead offer acceptance. Forgiveness. Love and support. Healing. Be transparent. Share your stories. Come out of the closets. Let the elephants out of the room. That will bring about the necessary changes towards growth. Healing. In any situation. And never everforget, God is with us. He is bigger than any elephant in the room.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua I:9
Love and laughter,