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Topic: Hacker or Virus (computer) (12/15/11)
TITLE: Granny's Gift of Great Worth
By annie keys
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I canít believe that Iíve been robbed. This was not the typical break in, like what happened to my friend, Martha. No, this thief did not smash a window and leave a trail of evidence. This thief hacked into my bank, invaded my account and emptied my savings.
The bank had called this afternoon to say there was nothing they could do. Over the weekend, a collective of hackers that call themselves, ďNobodyĒ, had stolen thousands of account numbers from Strident, a US based security bank.
It wasnít just any savings account that had been robbed; this account had been opened, many years ago, for my granddaughter. Granny had saved that money for a college education; my Molly wants to be a nurse and go on the mission field when she graduates!
I scrunch my face in my hands and turn my thoughts toward Jesus. Nothing takes HIM by surprise. Even though my confidence is shattered and my bank account drained, God knows all of this. I will trust Him.
Allegedly, this hacker group had been able to get into the big security think tank because somebody in the security department had failed to properly encrypt client credit information. Iím praying for that security person; obviously, they will be losing their job. Everybody has moments when they could do more but donít. Rarely does that moment of slight do so much damage to so many. Bless their heart.
This, this, ďNOBODYĒ, has not only cost an innocent person their job but broken this old womanís heart and, Iím sure, many other hearts as well. I will trust and wait; and try my best not to be angry at this group of hoodlums.
Anger can lead to bitterness and bitterness can make a rift in my relationship with my Lord. I will not allow somebody elseís sin to harm my walk with God. Iím not ignorant of Satanís devices! Granny is way too experienced for that kind of tomfoolery! Sin is the gift that keeps on giving and this old lady is not opening THAT gift!
Sitting upright, I straighten my skirt. Molly will arrive in a few minutes and I donít want her to see me in such a state. Tonight was supposed to be such a great event; the night where, after years of planning, I revealed my secret savings account. Molly would have been ecstatic when I told her sheíd have the money she needed to pay for her first year of nursing school. Now, what am I going to say?
Years ago, when Molly was just a girl, she had told me she felt that God was calling her to be a medical missionary. Her eyes had shined with the glory of God as she had confided in me. Mercy! My old Granny heart had been so filled with thanksgiving and praise, I thought it would just POP!
Molly had said she had no idea how she would ever have the money to accomplish such a goal but she knew that God would provide a way. Hugging her close, Iíd prayed with her and said, ďIf that is what Godís plan is for your life, there will be a way.Ē That afternoon, Iíd opened the secret savings account.
This morning, all Iíd told her was that I had a very special surprise for her, a gift of great worth. Iíd gotten her a beautiful pink leather Bible to take to college and later, the mission field. In the front of the book, Iíd carefully penned my personal favorite scriptures; verses that had comforted encouraged and directed me through my own life. I was going to present it to her when I told her about the savings account.
The doorbell rang; I wiped my tears on my sleeve and turned the knob. Molly rushed into the room, grabbing my old bones and spinning me around in a happy dance, she exclaimed, ďGranny! You were right! You said if God wanted me to be a medical missionary, He would make a way! And He DID! Look! I got a full paid scholarship to nursing school; books, room, board, transportation, EVERYTHING!Ē
Tears of joy on her wrinkled face, Granny presented her granddaughter the pink Bible; a gift of great worth.
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