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Explosive!
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 1, 2001, 13:33

Carbon County, Pennsylvania is the place where this saga unfolds. Apparently there was a group of hunters that were sitting on the rear deck of a home owned by a man named Leon. The men were hunters, and they opened fire at a misfortunate raccoon that happened to wander by. The good news for the raccoon is these men were all terrible shots, despite 35 shots that were launched by the band the animal escaped into a three-foot diameter drainage pipe that was located about 100 feet from the deck.

Leon is not the brightest creature to walk the planet, and the fact he was armed made him extremely dangerous! He was determined not to let this animal escape. On his mission to terminate the raccoon he grabbed a can of gasoline and poured some down this slanted drainage pipe. He intended to smoke the animal out. After several unsuccessful attempts to ignite the fuel, Leon emptied the entire five gallon can into the pipe and threw in another lit match.

Well . . .despite what you would anticipate happening, nothing did. Nothing at all. The only thing that ignited was Leon’s temper. Not willing to admit defeat at the hands of wildlife, Leon proceeded to slide feet first, disappearing into the pipe to toss the match. It is estimated that his feet must have gone into the pipe approximately 15 feet, and this time he was successful!

As he tossed the match it created a rapidly expanding fireball that propelled Leon back the way he had come, though at a much higher rate of speed. According to one witness he exited the pipe, “like a Polaris missile leaving a submarine!”

Leon was launched directly over his own home, right over the heads of his astonished buddies, and onto his own front lawn. His entire flight carried him over 200 feet in the air. Another witness on the scene said, “There was a Doppler effect to his scream as he flew over us . . .then we heard a loud thud!” Amazingly enough Leon suffered only minor injuries.

There are moments when each of us get so consumed with what we are doing that we don’t take the time to step back and gain some perspective. If we are not careful we can get ourselves into some pretty explosive situations (like our friend Leon) if we are not careful. The beginning of a new year is a good time to step back for some perspective. Take an inventory of where you are in your journey of faith, if you are not where you want to be . . .you can get there. My prayer for you is that you would be able to fix your priorities so that they would allow you to grow and be all that the Father has called you to be.

God is the giver of fresh starts and new beginnings. Today is the best day to make sure you are walking with Him!







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