The Elephant in the Bathroom! - A dose of Encouragement

Earlier this year I wrote about some hotel rooms and the various features or lack of features therein.

Today I'm writing about a hotel room again but from a completely different viewpoint.

Last month I wrote about various animals and the thoughts I had from our experiences with them and today I'm talking about another animal.

So what is this strange connection between a hotel room and an animal?

In the early part of February this year my husband Fred was away travelling with work and I had an appointment first thing in the morning in Belfast during a time of snowy weather so my son Daniel came down to Banbridge from Belfast and drove me up in the early evening the night before.

I could have driven up myself but I'm not a keen driver in any amount of snow after an incident many years ago when the children were young, and Daniel wanted to "take care of me" with his dad being away.

I had gone on the internet the day before and found a hotel which offered a good price and was near my appointment location even though I had never stayed there before.

So having arrived at the hotel and been greeted by a very pleasant girl on reception we booked a table in their restaurant to have a meal and headed up to leave my bag in the room.

That's when we saw the elephant in the bathroom.

In this day and age what is the first thing any of us do now when we see anything funny, interesting or just different from the norm?

Yes we take a picture!

So out comes the mobile phone and I'm snapping away with Daniel laughing and saying to me

 "I bet that will make it's way into your blog sometime"

Now at this point I want to include for the record that I was not the only one who had their mobile phone out clicking away at pictures!!!    Right Daniel!

And he doesn't even write a blog.

Okay so let's get back to today's animal.

Here it is

Isn't it cute?

Well you can guess what I thought about after taking a few pictures.

Yes   -   "I wonder how they did that?" 

and so then began another round of pictures as I took the elephant apart bit by bit to see how it had been made.

Then can you guess what I thought about after that?

The well known phrase

"The Elephant in the Room" 

referring to something that is there, that is not being spoken about, but everyone is conscious of that overhanging situation.

Well that could have fitted in with my situation that evening.

It could even have been thought that there was an "Elephant in the room" all the time for the previous 2 months as I had waited for this appointment to take place.

The appointment was at the Breast Clinic.

I was in that band of women who, having been checked out by their doctor, are referred to the clinic as not immediate (to be seen within two weeks) but should be seen within 6-8 weeks.

So basically the doctor is rather concerned but not sure that there is definitely something wrong there.

It had been at the start of December that I had seen the doctor and that meant I had to wait through Christmas and the New Year.

Fred & I have always been of the mindset that we pray about every situation and then try to leave it with God knowing that He knows best so that is what we did but that doesn't mean we didn't think about it often. and we did continue to pray about it during the time of waiting.

Our biggest concern was not to worry the kids (all grown up now with one 30 mins away from us and the other two living in two different countries) because that is what parents do; they try to protect their kids from things that may hurt them in any way.

However things did not go as planned and to cut a long story short I did end up telling one of the kids and then the other two had to be told as well.

So that was how I ended up being "taken care of" by my son on my appointment at the hospital.

Now God knows in advance what we are going to need.

And God plans in advance how He will meet that need.


God takes care of us.

If I had not told the kids then Daniel would not have known that there was an opportunity to help his mum.

If Daniel had not come to drive me to Belfast I would have had to drive myself and I would have dreaded that in the snowy weather.

If Daniel had not been with me the night before I would have been alone in Belfast and that would not have been as pleasant as an evening chatting and joking with my son over a lovely meal.

If Daniel had not been with me the morning of the appointment then I would have felt very lonely sitting on my own waiting in the hospital for the scan and mammogram and then the results.

If Daniel had not been with me after the appointment who would I have had to be thankful with that it was not cancer?

God had planned it all.

He planned that I would tell the kids because He had planned how He would show me His love and care for me through them.

God wants to take care of you.

There is no doubt about it.

God loves us.

God can meet our needs.

God wants to take care of us.

Are you facing a problem?     Do you have an "Elephant in the room"?

Talk to God about it and give it over to Him.

Then let God take care of you.

Let God take care of you.


God wants to take care of you.


  1. Great post. I had an issue yesterday where I failed in a huge way - such a big way that it will be life altering. I know some Christians say that a God of love does not make bad things happen, that bad things are always the enemy, but this bad thing revealed a blindness in my character that I had not known existed. - Without the pain there would have been no progress - it didn't take days of prayer for God to lead me through the situation. He was right there when I needed him. God loves us. Like you said.

    God can meet our needs.

    God wants to take care of us.

  2. Nice advice and sweet story.

  3. Love how you started this story with the elephant towel :-) I love your outlook on your situation and how God helped you through a scary situation through your children.

  4. Anonymous15:58

    Firstly, I am always amazed when I see towels and washcloths folded into various critters. An elephant is new to me and you are is cute!! How can they do that? I ask that too!
    God knows all and knows our very need. He may want to teach us things through our circumstances as Dana commented and He may be guarding our hearts and minds through the way things work out. He is beautiful and wants us close.

  5. Giving thanks to God that He is omniscient and knows and orchestrates all the IF/THEN moment in our lives. Happy to be your neighbor at #DanceWithJesus linkup.

  6. How very appropriate that you had elephants in your room - symbolically they are a sign of strength, power, longevity, stamina, and loyalty - God was definitely giving you comfort and encouragement as you were heading into what could have been a scary time of uncertainty . God does love you! Praise the Lord it wasn't cancer and your son was there with you! Blessings, stopping by from Blessing Counters

  7. This is beautiful, Sandra. We have been dealing with "an elephant in the room" for the past few months, but through it all, God has been faithful and provided unexpected blessings. Praise God that He gives us the peace that passes all understanding. Linked up with you at Sunday Stillness - hope you'll stop by Saved by Grace for a visit!
    God bless,

  8. I loved this post. I thought you were going to go into how we have to "unwrap" the elephant in the room to get down to what is the truth, but no you got down to the truth and the truth is no matter what Elephant God cares. He shakes that elephant and does something good with it. He's like that you know. Thanks for this lovely post. You are an encourager. Hope you catch this love across the virtual world.....Blessing - Your Chris~

  9. Anonymous18:14

    Cute elephant! I love that God led you to tell your kids so your son could be there. I had a mammogram, ultrasound, and biopsy, and they weren't fun.
    God loves to take care of us!

  10. Glad that you are okay and that the elephant in the room was out - Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

  11. That's a beautiful story. And a cute elephant by the way. :)
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

  12. Very cool, Sandra! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Thank you for sharing this today. I needed to be reminded that God wants to take care of me, and I need to give it over to him. I am so glad you are ok!

  14. Praise God for negative results. ((hug))
    I've been there...with that elephant in the room...choosing not to share with the kids so as not to worry them.
    Sweet that the Lord knew otherwise and that your Daniel was able to help support his mom.
    Thank you for sharing. :) Happy to be visiting you today from the Testimony Tuesday linkup. :)

  15. As we get older, we do need to keep our family informed about scary situations regarding our health. Of course the everyday things, are probably on a need to know basis. An elephant in the room was a new phrase to me introduced by another blogger. To find an elephant in the bathroom was totally a nice surprise. I am so happy for you that your tests were negative and that your son was there with you to keep you company and laugh with you at dinner. Thanks for sharing with us your lovely story at Tell me a Story.

  16. I loved how you saw God in the midst of a difficult situation. He has a way of revealing His plan doesn't He? Stopping by from reflect

  17. Love the elephant and love being reminded that God cares for us and takes care of us! I'm so grateful that He does!

    Thanks for sharing your story. I was blessed by reading it today. And, I'm glad you aren't dealing with cancer!

    Came over on Women with Intention today, and I'm glad to find your site! I followed you on Pinterest and shared your pin Here:

    Hope you have a blessed day~

  18. What a great post, Sandra. Love how you combined the fearful situation, with the comfort of your son's presence, and the delight of finding the elephant in the room. Many blessings to you.

  19. Anonymous23:04

    Loved this post and thank you for making me laugh just before you made me cry. Your thoughts are so true and reminded me so beautifully of the importance of not trying to do things alone but letting God and others love us big.

  20. He meets our needs, indeed. Such a sweet, sweet story, Sandra. The ending is my favorite. You had someone to give thanks it! Visiting you via Purposeful Faith where our excerpts are hanging out together.

  21. Sandra, this is beautiful. As a "fixer" It's hard for me when someone has to take care of me. I feel all kinds of awkward. I love animal towel thingys. :) so cute and such a sweet touch to any room, bedroom etc.


  22. Anonymous03:14

    Thanks for this inspiring post, Sandra, reminding us of how much God loves and cares for us! I can relate that it is such a blessing to have other support and pray for us during the trials we face. God is so good! PTL all was well for you and continued prayers for that! God bless.

  23. Sandra, what a wonderful reminder God is in control of everything and wants to care for us. Thank you for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

  24. What a lovely elephant to discover in your hotel bathroom. A sweet reminder of God's Love. Thanks for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

  25. Anonymous00:46

    Interesting post. Thanks for sharing this with everyone!

  26. Daniel sounds like a real gem and I do love the elephant towel #MagicMoments

  27. This fantastic post is being featured on my blog today as part of Tuesdays with a Twist blog hop:

  28. A lovely story and I am so glad everything was ok, I absolutely love the elephant in the bathroom i'd of definitely stopped to take a picture too. Thank you for linking up to Magic Moments.

  29. Love your story and how God cares for us in just the way we need.

  30. Sandra, I'm pleased to find your blog via Lyli's link up. As moms, we are so used to taking care of others, that it's hard to let someone else take care of us. What a wonderful story of how God took care of you (and is taking care still). I'm glad the report was negative and that you had family with you at the clinic.

  31. Ha! I can see why this post is a favorite! Loved the elephant in the bathroom! Could yiou reproduce it?