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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: WHAT IS THE RATE OF RETURN?
By esther robinson
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Debby stood perplexed. She re-checked her purse and moved away from the counter. The salesman threw a sympathetic look. Immediately he sensed this fact. “Single mother!” Debby struggled straining all her sinews to raise Stephen and Samuel to be like Timothy.
Two persons after Debby left the shop. Then a lean tall old woman stepped forward. Her appearance spoke volumes about her virtues. Modestly dressed, with a keen sense of observation, showed her as someone who accepts challenge and much more. She never knew about Debby but discerned her distress from afar. She was realistic to the situations surrounding her like the ‘Good Samaritan.’ However, even her thoughts did wage a war within.
Debby pondered over her next step. Reluctantly she picked up two items from the basket. Stephen and Samuel looked at her. Tears welled her eyes. She turned her back to avoid the salesman’s stare.
On the other end, Carnal thoughts crammed the mind of that old woman. “Want to crowned as the ‘goddess of goodness’? Just keep quiet now.”
A contrary signal appeared. “If you know to do good and refuse to do, it is sin. Never grow weary while doing good, for in due season you shall reap if you do not lose heart.”
Worries of this world worked in her. “It’s not sin. Why take the trouble of helping someone whom you know not? What will you do for your other expenses? After all, you yourself live on a paltry sum termed pension.”
On the other hand, Debby at last decided. She hugged her children and whispered. “We’ll get these goodies next month.” Their faces did show some traces of disappointment but gradually it waned. “That’s alright mom! Don’t worry.” Stephen, seven-year-old assured. Samuel, his younger brother stood shifting his eyes from his mother to Stephen and the people surrounding them. Debby dropped two items and paid the bill. All three stepped outside the shop walked joyfully holding their arms.
The following took place within a wink of the eye.
Holy Spirit pricked the old woman’s conscious. “Does this woman not resemble your daughter Amy? Would you not offer help if it were her?”
She fought back. “My daughter is wealthy as you know. She may not need my help anyhow. Moreover, I cannot say how this woman would respond to my gesture now.”
Holy Spirit spoke again. “You learnt this in your Sunday school didn’t you? He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given.”
Finally the old woman caught the signal from the Holy Spirit and won. Immediately she picked up the two items left by Debby paid an extra amount of 15 dollars and rushed outside.
She waved out. “Dear me!”
Debby turned. She gestured her to wait and walked towards her.
Tears of joy she drew from the wells of giving when she uttered thus. “Please consider me as your mother. Let my grandchildren have these things.” This act also made Debby shed similar tears. Remembering this verse, “But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing’ she thanked God and the old woman filled with gratitude. Smile like spring sprung on Stephen and Samuel’s face. Biding adieu they parted their way.
The defeated foe pursued and threatened. “Mind you, this month you have an additional medical bill to pay. Let me see how you fare with that.”
The old woman entered the home for abandoned women. Slowly she walked to her private room. Anne, the caretaker of the home came in. “There is a mail for you Mrs. Florence.” She placed it on the table. On seeing the address, the faces of Debby and Amy appeared simultaneously and disappeared intermittently. Fifteen years ago, her daughter Amy married a wealthy man in the city and had deserted her. Upon slipping the envelope open, she found a check for one thousand five hundred dollars with a letter of confession and an invitation to join her in their home.
Tears trickled when Mrs. Florence said thus. “God pays back. But one cannot comprehend His interest rate.”
The children in chorus repeated these words. He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, and He will pay back what he has given (Proverbs 19:17).
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