At the height of her fame as the other woman in the Ivana and Donald Trump breakup,
Marla Maples spoke of her religious roots. She believed in the Bible, she told
interviewers, then added the disclaimer, "but you can't always take [it] literally
and be happy."
Chuck Colson, The Body, p. 124.
In about 512 B.C., as Darius I of Persia led his armies north of the Black Sea, the
Scythians sent him a message comprised of a mouse, a frog, a bird, and five arrows. Darius
summoned his captains. "Our victory is assured," he announced. "These
arrows signify that the Scythians will lay down their arms; the mouse means the land of
the Scythians will be surrendered to us; the frog means that their rivers and lakes will
also be ours; and the Scythian army will fly like a bird from our forces." But an
adviser to Darius said, "The Scythians mean by these things that unless you turn into
birds and fly away, or into frogs and hide in the waters, or into mice and burrow for
safety in the ground, you will all be slain by the Scythian archers."
counsel and decided that the second was the right interpretation, and beat a retreat!
Today in the Word, Moody Bible Institute, Jan, 1992, p.22.
When the preacher's car broke down on a country road, he walked to a nearby roadhouse
to use the phone. After calling for a tow truck, he spotted his old friend, Frank, drunk
and shabbily dressed at the bar. "What happened to you, Frank?" asked the good
reverend. "You used to be rich."
Frank told a sad tale of bad investments that had led to his downfall. "Go
home," the preacher said. "Open your Bible at random, stick your finger on the
page and there will be God's answer."
Some time later, the preacher bumped into Frank, who was wearing a Gucci suit, sporting
a Rolex watch and had just stepped our of a Mercedes. "Frank." said the
preacher, "I am glad to see things really turned around for you."
"Yes, preacher, and I owe it all to you," said Frank. "I opened my
Bible, put my finger down on the page and there was the answer -- Chapter 11."
Reader's Digest, March, 1993, p. 71.