A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa, taking her faithful aged poodle named Cuddles, along for company. One day the poodle starts chasing butterflies. Before long, Cuddles discovers that he is lost. Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch. The old poodle thinks, “Oh, no! I’m in deep doo-doo now.”
Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the old poodle exclaims loudly, “Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more leopards around here?”
Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike and a look of terror comes over him. He retreats and slinks away into the trees. “Whew,” says the leopard, “That was close! That old poodle nearly had me!”
Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off he goes, but the old poodle sees him heading after the leopard with great speed and figures that something must be up. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.
The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of. “Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine.” Now, the old poodle sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, “What am I going to do now?” But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet. Just when they get close enough to hear, the old poodle says, “Where’s that monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!”
The writer of this story concludes, “Don’t mess with the old ones. Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill. Bull and brilliance only come with age and experience.” Score one for the gray hair crowd! Oh, by the way, birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live!
You might be thinking, what does that story have to do with spiritual stuff? The Bible says laughter is good medicine! It’s right there in Proverbs 17:22. So, what I try to do in my weekly articles is to get you laughing. When you laugh, your mouth is open. That’s when I put medicine of God’s word or wisdom in you…in a dose that help’s, not hurts.
After all this pastor/author needs to be kind of like that old poodle…quick on the paw!
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