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Late start today with writing as I had a lot to complete this morning: shopping, cooking and caring for my son, among other things. Yesterday a #Lazada order came for my neighbor who wasn't home so I accepted her package and paid for her.
I tossed the change from a 500 peso bill on the counter and thought nothing more of it. Since I trusted the driver I did not count it. Later on, as I was picking up and arranging things, I found the change was 625 pesos. What? I gave 500 and got 625 back? Maybe I had made a mistake and had given him 1000!
I checked my cash from my little sari sari store and everything was as it should have been. That could only mean one thing: the delivery driver had made a mistake and given me an extra 500 pesos. Immediately a thought came to me: This was a small test of my Christian faith.
Before rushing headlong into a hasty decision, I consulted by fiancee to determine whether he had put the 500 on the counter. He advised he had not. I looked at the package but the driver's name wasn't on it. Then I looked at my past :Lazada orders and grabbed a couple of familiar names and called.
The first call ended in no results. Hoping to appear wise, I asked him if he had come up short on money for the day. If he had said yes, I would then have asked by how much. In this way I would know if he was being truthful, because he would know the exact amount. To my surprise, he was honest enough to admit that he wasn't short of money from the day's deliveries.
I called the only other driver to no avail. He never answered his phone - maybe because he was still delivering items. As of this writing, I still have no idea if the second driver is going to respond to my call. I have every intention of returning the money.
Lying in bed last night I thought it all through. I could easily pocket the money and buy my son a new outfit or myself a blouse, or even buy some extra food. But I wantto be honest. Then another thought came to my mind, namely: what if no driver claims the money? What then?
God often tests our faith with little things to observe how we respond. He never, ever tempts us! But he does allow temptations from the enemy (Satan) for His glory. If we are faithful in whatever testing he allows, He credits it to our account and then trusts us with more things that bring Him glory.
He may allow a person to appear in our lives who is an old flame and allow us to be tempted with lustful desires. He may test us with money, our response to nasty people and our words, or nearly anything imaginable.
How will you respond to these tests and trials? I say honesty and faithfulness to God is crucial. How about you?