An Elephant in the Womb

Written by on October 26, 2016

Do you have unfulfilled prophecies just waiting to pop? Maybe—just maybe—you have an elephant in the womb.

I’ve been hard at work on a book about self-forgiveness. The path of writing a book is a peculiarly circuitous affair. It’s one wild switchback after another producing a dizzying spin of the compass needle. When it seems like the summit is just around the corner, your pack mule comes to a screeching halt, bringing you to slam into its hindquarters.

Then a friend pops up to ask, “When will the book be done?”

I figure a pint of molasses creeping uphill on a sweltering July day could outrun my manuscript. Piece of cake upside down.

I’ve had to forgive myself for being in slooooow motion.

For six weeks, I’ve been struggling with shoulder pain, muscle weakness, waves of exhaustion, headaches, and vertigo. A blood draw revealed adrenal and thyroid deficiencies. So I began a treatment of supplements and a rigorous regimen of, well, rest.

“Tick-tock, tick-tock,” the clock seemed to chide, mocking me.

At my physical therapist’s office last week, I teared up, trying hard to stuff the signs of stress. I have been tiptoeing around the subject of completing my book, with one delay after another. (Katie said I looked like I was gritting my teeth more than grinning.)

When she brought up the stress of writing a book, she hit a nerve.

I asked, “What is the gestation period for an elephant?”

Katie replied, “About 18 months.”

“18 months? That’s it! I’m like an elephant who’s been pregnant for-ever!”

“Don’t look now,” Katie said. “But there’s an elephant in the womb.”

I tilted my head back and roared with laughter.


I thought of the prophetic words that have been spoken. Expanding our business. Seeing doors flying open. Becoming a member of God’s healing community—activating signs, miracles, and wonders. Releasing God’s grace ’round the earth. And writing new songs. But it’s all in slow motion, and with recent physical setbacks it’s hard to stay in faith.

Here are some questions to noodle on when you and I wait for prophecies to be fulfilled:

  • How can I best steward my prophecies?
  • When I’m weary and stressed, am I worshiping more to get back to center?
  • Who can I reach out to and ask for prayer?
  • How can I release painful emotions (fear, doubt, sorrow, pain) in a healthy way? Instead of brushing the “crumbs” of negativity beneath a carpet, how can I give them a voice without camping out on them? (I started a picture journal and draw images of pain points and wishes.)
  • What if I haven’t blown it, but rather God’s timing is just right? God’s timing, like His will, is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2).

Friend, how do you stay encouraged in the wait?

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  1. Kathy weldon   On   October 27, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Put my focus on Jesus who purchased my salvation….Hebrews 12:2-3 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds. Just rest in Him….He’s got you and loves you! It isn’t what we do…it’s what He’s done:) love you sister Lynn

    • Lynn Hare   On   October 27, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Kathy! Love right back atcha. I always find it hard to wrap my head around that verse: for the joy set before Him, Jesus endured the cross. Such an anomaly! I’m glad He’s got us covered by His blood.

  2. Susan   On   October 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Romans 8:35-39New Living Translation (NLT) Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Knowing the love of God and Jesus during hardship, loss, anxiety and despair sustain me. Playing worship music in the car, in my home, during work outs (any and every opportunity) tends to re-focus my otherwise very distracted and at times distraught mind.

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