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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Lion-Proof

Apr. 14, 2013

Take a look at a lion, and it’s easy to see why this animal is respected and feared.

Lions are skilled hunters, with long teeth and claws. Adult males can weigh 500 pounds. Lions have night vision, they can hear well, and they have an excellent sense of smell. Lions are fast and are great at jumping. A lion can pounce on prey from 35 feet away.

Everything about a lion is powerful, even its voice. A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away. It is so loud the vibrations might make your head hurt if you stood too close.

A human is no match for a lion. These fierce hunters, mostly found in Africa, can take on huge creatures, such as wildebeests, elephants and hippos. Lions sometimes hurt people as well.

The Bible tells about a man named Daniel who came face-to-face with ferocious lions, most likely Asiatic lions now found only in India. Some evil political advisers tricked Persian King Darius into passing a law that said everyone must pray to the king. Anyone who broke the law would be thrown into a den of hungry lions (see Daniel 6).

These enemies just wanted to get rid of Daniel. They knew he would disobey the king and continue praying to God, instead of disobeying God.

God’s Word says people shouldn’t pray to anyone other than Him. So Daniel kept praying to God three times a day, just as he had always done. When Daniel’s enemies insisted he be punished, King Darius was sorry. The king liked Daniel. Yet Darius went ahead and threw Daniel in with those huge lions.

Daniel wasn’t afraid. He trusted God. The Lord sent an angel to close the lions’ mouths. When Darius saw what God had done, he was thrilled. The king had Daniel taken out of the lions’ den. Darius said everyone should serve the one true God.

“He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions” (Daniel 6:27, NIV).

Being lion-proof sounds like a cool superpower. Of course, Daniel wasn’t really lion-proof. But Daniel served a superpowerful God.

The same God who helped Daniel wants to help you, too. Begin a regular habit of praying to God, just as Daniel did.

By Christina Quick

For more information, check out these books at your local library: Lions by Ann O. Squire, Nature’s Deadliest: The African Lions by Lisa Owings, Face to Face With Lions by Beverly and Dereck Joubert

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