One day, when
a missionary in Africa was walking through the jungle, he suddenly
found himself in a small clearing, face to face with a fierce
He ran, of course,
like a man possessed (actually, more like a man being chased
by a lion), until he came to a deep canyon. Looking desperately
around, he spotted a sturdy-looking vine trailing over the edge,
so he grabbed it and started climbing down.
He did, that
is, until he spotted two more lions at the bottom, silently eyeing
him. When he looked up at the lion snarling at the canyon ledge,
he noticed a good-sized rat in a hole in the canyon wall, silently
munching on the vine above him.
He lowered his
eyes in disbelief and despair, then right in front of his face,
noticed a frail little scrap of a plant with one large, red,
ripe strawberry on it.
Know what he
did? You bet! He did the only sensible thing available to him
and ate the strawberry!
If you're worried
about the lions in your past or possible rats in your future,
look around. There may be a strawberry in your present.
all there is.