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WIT & WISDOM - January 7, 1999
Assumptions are the termites of relationships. - Henry Winkler 
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
FOOTPRINTS WITH A TWIST
- Author Unknown
Imagine you and the Lord Jesus walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace. But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures and returns. For much of the way, it seems to go like this, but gradually your footprints come more in line with the Lord's soon paralleling His consistently. You and Jesus are walking as true friends!
This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: your footprints, that once etched the sand next to Jesus', are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, safely you and Jesus are becoming one.
This goes on for many miles but gradually you notice another change. The footprints inside the larger footprints seem to grow larger. Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set of footprints; they have become one.
This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse! Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Deep gashes in the sand. A veritable mess of prints. You are amazed and shocked. Your dream ends.
Now you pray: "Lord, I understand the first scene with the zigzags and fits. I was a new Christian; I was just learning. But you walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with you." "That is correct."
"... and when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps; I followed you very closely." "Very good. You have understood everything so far." "...when the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like you in every way."
"So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The footprints separated, and this time it was worse than at first." There is a pause as the Lord answers with a smile in His voice.
"You didn't know? That was when we danced." 
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
My brother and I "rode" our stick horses to town one day when we were both young boys. When we got there, he said, "I'm just as tired as if we'd been walking." By Gerre G. Joiner 
The tallest individual clouds are thunderstorm or cumulonimbus clouds, which can be 60,000 feet tall, twice the height of Mt. Everest!
A thunderstorm forms when warm, moist air rises and expands. As the air cools, some of the water vapor condenses into cloud droplets, releasing more heat. The added heat causes the moist air to rise still faster.
In a mature thunderstorm, the updrafts can be as fast as 100 feet per second. A single thunderstorm can lift over 500,000 tons of water into the sky, most of which falls as rain before the storm dissipates.
Pictures and descriptions of cumulonimbus clouds:
 (Joke Review
 (Sue Archer)
 (Gerre G. Joiner)
 (The Learning Kingdom