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There is an urban legend about a group of famous scientists who stopped for lunch at a small-town diner. Seated at the table were six of the greatest thinkers of our day. Their average IQ was in the 160s.

They noticed that their salt and pepper shakers had been reversed. One with the S on top was filled with pepper. The other with the P on top was filled with salt. So, they concocted an elaborate plan to switch the contents without spilling them. It involved a napkin, a straw and a saucer.

Proud of their solution, they presented it to the waitress. “That is an interesting scheme,” she said. “Of course, we could do this.” Whereupon she simply unscrewed both shakers and switched the tops.

The Bible asks an important question: “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20b). To a Being as wise as our Lord, we must seem like little children to Him. We develop our theories and axioms and syllogisms, but to Him it’s just child’s play. So, the truly wise one is the one who accepts God, and His Word, by faith. 

Larry Fitzgerald
Woodlawn church of Christ
Abilene, TX

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