When I put the basketball hoop in front of my house, I never expected it to attract so many neighborhood kids, but it did. They did not bother me. But when my next door neighbor arrived from work, they had to stop playing to let his car through. Within two weeks he came to me furious telling me he was sick of the basketball hoop. He was yelling at me. I answered in a low tone of voice: “I hear you”. He yelled some more. I answered again: “I hear you”. He yelled some more and left. I removed the basketball hoop the next day (I gave it away to a friend that was interested in it). When he noticed I removed the hoop so quickly he was happy, really happy with me. Actually, he was so happy he volunteered to buy some shrubs and plant them for me in front of my house. My house was in great need of some bushes on front. He told me he enjoyed planting and gardening. I told him it was a good idea and I thanked him. He even dug the holes and my ground was very hard. He did all the work himself. At the end, he handed me the receipt for the plants, a total of $70. He said the labor was free. I wrote the check only to realize that I did not know the name of my next door neighbor. We lived next to each other for 5 years and I did not know his name. We (my wife and I) had a nickname for him in Spanish and never referred to him using his real name. But I had a plan, a real good plan. A plan that had a probability of success of over 95%. Instead of telling him the truth (I was embarrassed because he knew my name), I gave him the check with no name on it for $70. I told him I left the name blank because I did not know how to write his name (a lie, the truth was that I did not know his name). When I told him that, he took the check in his hand and told me something that triggered a verse from the Bible immediately. After I told him I did not know how to spell his name, I was hoping he would tell me his name was Vladimir Kachenko or something like that. But instead, he took the check in his hand and told me his name was John Smith. YES IT WAS! At that time this verse came to mind:
Num 32:23 … be sure your sin will find you out.
God is real in my life when I do right, and when I do wrong.