God, in His flawless way, intervened in a situation that could have frightened me and ruined a young man’s reputation. Had I known the danger I was in, I’d probably have panicked and reported his deed to his employer. As a result, this young man could have faced unpleasant consequences.
I don’t know if the young pizza deliveryman was guilty of planning a crime or innocently made a mistake. An unexpected turn of events rendered his plan, if there was one, unworkable. I had forgotten to hand him his tip, so I phoned his employer requesting that he come back. The young man returned hours later nervous and apologetic. Although confused by his demeanor, I rewarded him with a double tip for having to come back.
As I handed him his tip, he handed me my credit card saying he didn’t know how it had gotten into his pocket. I hadn’t yet realized that it was missing. Whether he made a mistake or tried to undo his wrongdoing, damage to him and to me was averted. God is good.
Young Man – God Favored You and Me
LORD how mysterious are your ways
You amaze me with your antics
Your ways defy semantics
I staggered to discover
An action undercover
That You hid
You weren’t testing but using me
You blessed a deliveryman
To turn him to the right
You showed Your power and might
Letting him escape the plight
Of character blight
Bless this young man and let him see
Your mercy to him was extended
For mistake or misdeed intended
I thank you for sparing me
From the brunt of his deed
You saw my need
By Carol Ann Hoel © March 20, 2011
Romans 11:33-36 – The Bible – O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counselor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Matthew 6:9-15 – The Bible – After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.