Have you ever wondered why at times we felt that the money we worked hard for just passed by our hands like water? “Parang dumaan lang sa ating mga palad.” is the usual expression we can say. Our logical mind quickly tells us that this is more of economics than anything else is.
Beyond the logical explanation, would you agree with me that there is (or there could be) something spiritual about this? Perhaps this is happening because the ONE source of everything have not been given the rightful “Thank You” that HE alone deserves.
Here is something for you to reflect on.
1Cr 10:26 — For the earth [is] the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.
And here is a simple story that I love to share to you.
Long time ago, there was a woman who came from a famine-stricken country looking for the king. Walking inside the king’s place, she saw a man on top of the ladder fixing the gutter. As she approaches, the man on the ladder saw her and asked “Hello madam! Is there anything I can do to help you?”
The woman replied, “I am looking for the King.”
The man on the ladder went down and asked, “What is it that brings you here to see the King.”
“I need to speak to the King. I need his help desperately.” the woman replied in a very sad voice.
“I am the King,” said the man.
The woman was astonished. She could not believe that the king with all his power and riches could be this simple and normal like all the rest of the human beings.
“Yes, I am the King. What can I do to help you?
The woman kneeled and bowed down her head and said, “You highness, I came from a far-away place where there is famine and people are dying. I have four children who need food to survive. Your majesty, I desperately need your help.”
The woman was so happy and said in a loud voice eyes looking at the sky, “Thanks be to GOD!”
On hearing that, the King said to the treasurer, “Give this woman another thousand for her second child.”
The woman blurted with joy, “Thanks be to GOD!”
“Give this woman another thousand for her third child,” the King said.
“Thanks be to GOD!” the woman shouted.
“Give this woman another thousand for her fourth child.”
As she was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for the king’s kindness, the woman said, “Thank you my King!”
Hearing the woman, the king said to his treasurer, “Take back all the money I gave her for her children!”
The woman was surprised. She could not think of anything that made the King decide to take back everything. “Your Majesty, what did I do that displeased you?”
“You know that I am human too. You know that as human I am like everyone. I am also selfish just like anybody else. I am no exception. Why should I give you that money? It is only God that gives, not Kings, not me nor any human beings.” the king replied.
“And why have you given me those money just to take them back afterwards?” the woman asked.
“I have given you those money because God thru my heart told me to do so. Unfortunately, the moment you said thank you to me, somehow, God kept quiet. I ordered everything back because my pride, greed and selfishness took over my heart. And that is always the case for all mortals.” the king said.