Published Sunday, December 30, 2012

Is life now like outrunning bear?

In a phone call from a friend in Mississippi the other day, he reminded me of the old story about two men in the deep woods hunting bears.

Although they might not want to admit it, much to their regret they found one, or perhaps the big grizzly found them. Either way, it was a perilous situation.

They took off, running as fast as they could. One turned to the other and asked, “Do you think you can outrun the bear?”

“No,” he replied, “but all I need to do is outrun you!”

Perhaps, at one time this was true. But not so in today’s difficult days.

There are enough troubling “bears of hard times” to go around.

However, as we enter the new year, may we be honest enough to ask God to restore our memory to the times when things were much worse than they are now.

When I begin to think that we are passing through hard times, I am comforted by harking back to the day when a friend and I were with our fathers discussing the Great Depression.

Both of these men had been through the hardest of times.

My friend turned to his father and said, “Daddy, do you remember when there was a shortage of money?”

It took his father only a second to answer. “Son,” he said, “I remember when there wasn’t any money.”

And so it was.

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