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WIT & WISDOM - October 26, 1998
"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it, and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore." - Mark Twain 
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
"So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lion's den. The king said to Daniel, 'May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!'" Daniel (Daniel 6:16, NIV)
No question, Daniel got a rough deal. He was set up by jealous lesser men who wanted him out of the way. It seemed like they succeeded except for one thing they overlooked: Daniel's trust in God.
The interesting thing, however, about Daniel being thrown into the den of lions is that God didn't deliver him out of the den before Daniel found deliverance in it.
Imagine if Daniel had fought against being thrown into the den (which he would have been justified in doing) and gone into the den fighting against it every inch of the way, chances are the lions would have torn him to shreds before he hit the bottom. But Daniel didn't. He accepted his lot and trusted his life to God who shut the lion's mouths.
On more than one occasion I have asked God that if I am not going to be delivered out of my "lion's den" (naming the frustrating situation I'm in), would he please deliver me in it.
Sometimes, like Daniel, God has a lesson for us to learn in our present difficult situation and before he delivers us out of it, like Daniel, we need to find deliverance in it.
Source: Daily Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2000, www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm 
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
On Tesco's Tirimisu Desert:
Do not turn upside down. (Printed on the bottom of the box.)
On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding:
Product will be hot after heating
On Packaging for a Rowenta Iron:
Do not Iron clothes on body
On Boots Children's Cough Medicine:
Do not drive car or operate machinery
On Nytol (A Sleep Aid):
Warning: may cause drowsiness
On a Korean Kitchen Knife:
Warning: keep out of children
On a String of Chinese Made Christmas Lights:
For indoor or outdoor use only.
On a Japanese Food Processor:
Not to be used for the other use.
On Sainsbury's Peanuts:
Warning: contains nuts
On an American Airlines Packet of Nuts:
Instructions: open packet, eat nuts.
On a Swedish Chainsaw:
Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands.
On a Packet of Sunmaid Raisins:
Why not try tossing over your favorite breakfast cereal? 
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Nature abhors a vacuum, but not as much as cats do. - Lee Entrekin
All we have to fear is fear itself. However, I feel that spiders must also be considered. - Chuck Smith
I'm surprised nobody has come out with "Sinking Ship" cereal, with "floating survivor" marshmallow bits and "Titanic taste." - Gary Smith 
Print every World Wide Web page on paper, lay them on top of each other, and you'd produce a pile that dwarfs Mount Everest. A recent study indicates the Web's phenomenal growth. It estimated there were 320 million publicly accessible pages at the end of 1977. . . However, any single search engine can find fewer than half of them. - National Geographic, November 1998. 
 (Susan Weintraub via Keith's Mostly Clean Humor
 (Dick Innes)
 (The Funnies
 (Keith's Mostly Clean Humor
 (National Geographic)