SIN, deceitfulness of
Gary Richmond, a former zoo keeper, had this to say: Raccoons go through a glandular
change at about 24 months. After that they often attack their owners. Since a 30-pound
raccoon can be equal to a 100-pound dog in a scrap, I felt compelled to mention the change
coming to a pet raccoon owned by a young friend of mine, Julie. She listened politely as I
explained the coming danger. I'll never forget her answer. "It will be different for
me. . ." And she smiled as she added, "Bandit wouldn't hurt me. He just
wouldn't." Three months later Julie underwent plastic surgery for facial lacerations
sustained when her adult raccoon attacked her for no apparent reason. Bandit was released
into the wild. Sin, too, often comes dressed in an adorable guise, and as we play with it,
how easy it is to say, "It will be different for me." The results are
Gary Richmond, View From The Zoo.
Not long after a wealthy contractor had finished building the Tombs prison in New York,
he was found guilty of forgery and sentenced to several years in the prison he had built!
As he was escorted into a cell of his own making, the contractor said, "I never
dreamed when I built this prison that I would be an inmate one day."
Today in the Word, July 12, 1993.
Man, reading about an "eat-all-you-want" diet, to friend: "I knew
there'd be a catch to it. You have to run seven hundred miles a day!"
Hoest in Parade.
The man huddled on the cabin floor was slowly freezing to death. It was high in the
Rockies in southwestern Alberta, and outside a blizzard raged. John Elliott had logged
miles that day through the deep snows of the mountain passes. As he checked for avalanches
and as dusk and exhaustion overcame him he had decided to "hole-up." He made it
wearily to his cabin but somewhat dazed with fatigue, he did not light a fire or remove
his wet clothing. As the blizzard blasted through the cracks in the old cabin walls, the
sleeping forest ranger sank into oblivion, paralyzed by the pleasure of the storm's icy
caress. Suddenly, however, his dog sprang into action, and with unrelenting whines,
finally managed to rouse his near-comatose friend. The dog was John's constant companion, a
St. Bernard, one of a long line of dogs famous for their heroics in times of crisis.
"If that dog hadn't been with me, I'd be dead today," John Elliott says.
"When you're freezing to death you actually feel warm all over, and don't wake up
because it feels too good."
This moving story illustrates the spiritual condition of many people today. They are
cold spiritually, and sadly are oblivious of their true condition. Thank God for all the
ways in which He arouses such sleepers. He sends His messengers to nudge them awake.
Sometimes the methods used to awaken them are drastic, but always for their good. Let us
not imagine that because He shakes us, He therefore hates us. He awakens us from lethargy
because He loves us, and wants to save us from an eternal death. When we were "ready
to perish" (Isaiah 27:13), He was "ready to save" (Isaiah 38:20). Trust
your life in His hand.
The Prairie Overcomer.
In 1982, "ABC Evening News" reported on an unusual work of modern art--a
chair affixed to a shotgun. It was to be viewed by sitting in the chair and looking
directly into the gun barrel. The gun was loaded and set on a timer to fire at an
undetermined moment within the next hundred years. The amazing thing was that people
waited in lines to sit and stare into the shell's path! They all knew the gun could go off
at point-blank range at any moment, but they were gambling that the fatal blast wouldn't
happen during their minute in the chair. Yes, it was foolhardy, yet many people
who wouldn't dream of sitting in that chair live a lifetime gambling that they can get
away with sin. Foolishly they ignore the risk until the inevitable self-destruction.
Wake Up Calls, Ron Hutchcraft, Moody, 1990, p.60.