For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:25 NRSV)
Journalist James Dent tells about an actor friend of his. This friend and another beginning actor, early in their career, landed bit parts in a live TV drama. The show was a murder mystery, and they played policemen. His friend had no lines, but the other actor had a single line he was to deliver. In the second act there was supposed to be a gun fired offstage, and he was to say, "Listen! I heard a pistol shot!"

He practiced his line diligently, trying out various intonations to give it different shades of meaning. Finally, he was satisfied. The night of the show arrived and his moment came.

"Listen!" he exclaimed dramatically. "I heard a postil..." and he stopped befuddled. Remember, this was live television.

"What?" Dent's friend ad-libbed.

"Did you hear it?" the actor babbled frantically. "A shistel pot!"

At that point, mercifully, it was time for a commercial. Everybody--except the red-faced actor--collapsed in hysterics.

"After that," Dent's friend told him, "the actor left the business and became a wealthy stockbroker. I only hope he remembers when he's counting his money that everything he is today he owes to a shistel pot."

It is not unusual for adverse circumstances to yield beneficial results. Through our trials God uses them to make us stronger.

Dear God, strengthen my soul, as I share your word of love. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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