What d'ya think? Tsk, tsk. Nah, instead, I decided not to carry any pouch at all, at least for a while, until the trauma dies down. :-)
And then again, it's Resurrection Sunday. What better time to forgive and move on! At the cross, despite His suffering and sorrow, Jesus prayed to His Father for His crucifiers. He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they’re doing.” If only we fully understand the repercussions of every mindless did we do or worthless thought we entertain, I guess we would think a million times before we do them. If Adam had known all of mankind, from his generation down through the ages, would suffer the disastrous consequences of him and Eve eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, he probably would never have given a second thought to the serpent's suggestion. Or, would King David have bothered to take a second glance at bathing Bathsheba if he had known it would result in the decline of his kingdom and ruin of his children? When people try to make light of divorce and remarriage they always cite David’s sin of adultery as if saying it’s acceptable because even a great king like David did it and he was still what God considered “a man after God’s own heart” ! They always forget that that adultery he did weakened the foundation of his dynasty and posterity. It brought catastrophic events into his very own household, resulting in the rape and murder committed by his children against one another, his son raping his own wives in public humiliation on the roof of his palace, and he himself and his personal guards running away for fear of his life from his own son! Nathan the prophet declared to him: "This is what the LORD says: 'Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel." (2 Samuel 12:11,12) If David had known all those events would follow, he wouldn’t have dared take another glance at his neighbor’s wife, would he? How about Moses? If he had known that giving in to his anger by striking the rock instead of talking to it, would result in his being barred from the Promised Land, would he have struck the rock still? I doubt it. If barren Sarah had known her act of impatience - giving her Egyptian servant Hagar as wife to her husband Abraham to fulfill God’s promise for an heir - would result in the cataclysmic chasm between the descendants of Hagar’s son Ishmael and the descendants of her son, the promised heir Isaac, for all time (thank God, not really, but until "Shiloh comes"), would she have been more patient? And would Abraham have persuaded her to wait if he had known what they were doing? Adam, David, Moses, Sarah, Abraham (and many others) - all pillars of the Bible story. Yet, they did not know what they were doing! How much more us? Do we know what we are doing? Have we learned from the mistakes of these heroic personalities yet? So yes, most likely, we all have done wrong and we knew it not. We all have sinned and did not know what we were doing. So, no, I actually did not feel resentful towards the robbers. In fact, I prayed they read the books I had in my bag - a New Testament and a Christian biography - besides spending the cash and throwing away my cards, my low-tech cellphone and other personal effects! I felt more like how-silly-of-me-to-have-played-the-dumb-sitting- duck-that-night. But then again, I did not know what I was doing. So, yeah, I had to forgive myself, too. And yes, I was able to turn aside to gaze on the Burning Bush. When we fall sick or get into some accident or mishap I believe it is God calling us to pull aside, take stock and reflect. What an opportune time - the true essence of the Lenten Season! And praise God, we have Resurrection Sunday at the end of it - the Resurrection of Jesus Christ which gives us hope for a new life and new beginning! It's the apt time to reflect, forgive, repent and live again. Happy New Beginnings! So there, "Happy Resurrection Sunday!"