My new COIL Legacy Series—beginning with the Prequel, Distant Boundary—required in depth research through Africa’s animal and plant life. It proved quite fascinating. Who would’ve thought I’d find a tree that elephants chew on, along with a spiritual lesson from a baobab trunk? I’d like to share some of this “research to chew on” with you.
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A Tree to Chew On
While looking into Zimbabwe’s plant life, I came across the baobab tree. It’s not an especially tall tree, but it has a thick, fibrous trunk. The fruit of this tree is shaped like a rugby ball, and its pulp and fruit are edible. Natives roast the seeds and grind them into powder to make flour.
But this tree has an even greater secret: its trunk is hollow, and in the sometimes dry African savanna, it holds thousands of gallons of water! The tusked behemoths are attracted to the hundreds of mangled baobab trees across the grassland, to chew on the wood for the moisture.
Water in a Dry Place
God’s creation teaches us many spiritual lessons. The baobab tree was created with a hollow trunk. Christians are to be empty of self so we can be a vessel for the Living Water. The water of the baobab tree keeps creatures alive that would otherwise surely die. In spiritual deserts, Christians bring life to their neighborhoods and even to their households by their loving character and gospel message.
A baobab tree doesn’t give its water unless it’s chewed on or cut into. This is also like a Christian who becomes stronger in Christ when under attack. Sometimes, we don’t even witness spiritual water coming from a believer unless some circumstance is “chewing” on them, or God is allowed to cut on their “outer shell.”
Research for my books always goes beyond what I include in the actual stories, so I hope you enjoy a little extra info. When we see God at work, we must share it with someone, right?
May we all continue to water others who are in a dry place.
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NOTE1: PTL, the Dec 13, 2015 issue of online newspaper, “Historical Book Alerts & More News” included David’s short story, “Journal of a North Korean Assassin – Christian Fiction“ through their “WORLD” section.
NOTE2: You can find a description and cover for Book One in The COIL Legacy, Distant Contact here. And be sure to check out David’s new long, short story, Primary Objective, now on Amazon and other retailers. Thanks to Grace Wonder for her wonderful review!
NOTE3: Also, recently released is our Audiobook #5 in The COIL Series, Dark Zeal, narrated by Cameron Beierle! We now have the entire COIL Series in Audio through Books In Motion! We praise the Lord for His goodness!