POSTED August 7, 1999
By Louise Ferry
PUPPETS: Sparks (the lion) & Spot (the donkey)
SPARKS: You know Spot, I just can't figure out those magicians, like the one we saw last night.
SPOT: Well, Sparks, I think I have got it all figured out.
SPARKS: You do!
SPOT: Yes. You know when the magician says, look here, at his hands, or the table, or something else, we need to look elsewhere.
SPARKS: Well, Spot ole buddy, I hate to be a kill joy but you and I did that one time.
SPOT: We did?
SPARKS: Yes. We would look at his hands when he said to look elsewhere or at the object when he said to look at the table and all we saw were a couple of movements that we never figured out.
SPOT: You're right. I remember now. I remember that we tried very hard to catch him but never did.
SPARKS: Yes. We sure did fail.
SPOT: I still think half the trick is getting the audience to look where you tell them.
SPARKS: You know it's hard when they hold up their hands and say, Look here, it's hard not to do that.
SPOT: I still say that looking else where is half the trick even if I can't prove it.
SPARKS: Do you remember what our Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Rabbit, said about that when you mentioned it the first time.
SPOT: Oh, yes, how could I forget that. She said, "that's interesting. Do you remember the story of Peter walking on the water?" And of course I said yes. And when he stopped looking at Jesus and looked at the water, he started to sink.
SPARKS: Wow, and then she said, that's right. Satan is a great trickster, you know. He loves to get our attention on anything except the Lord Jesus.
SPOT: Yes, if Satan can get us interested in the bad things he's doing in the world, or even in a good cause, he's happy -- just so we don't put our attention on the Lord.
SPARKS: You don't want to be fooled by his methods.
SPOT: Yes, boys and girls. Don't worry so much about things going on in the world, like wars, drugs, diseases, that you forget about Jesus Himself?
SPARKS: Do you get so busy with schoolwork, a paper route, or even church activities, that you don't have time to spend with the Lord. Remember, Satan is a deceiver. He likes you to stay busy, even with wholesome activities - that you neglect to think about Jesus. Bye boys and girls.
SPOT: Don't be deceived by the deceiver and forget Jesus. Bye everyone.