It wasn’t folded, it wasn’t on the street and it wasn’t me. Here’s what really happened:
I was working in a law office as a messenger/clerk. One of my responsibilities was to cover for the receptionist while she was at lunch – on the days I was available to do so. One day, when the lunchtime desk was quiet, I used the silence to practice a Scripture memory verse:
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man, and God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out, so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
I memorize things best by writing them out longhand. So I wrote the verse over and over on a legal pad.
Shortly before the hour was up, the phone became very active and I took a lot of messages for the lunching attorneys. The pad on which I wrote became buried under a pile of message slips.
When the receptionist returned to her post, I accidentally left it behind.
Toward the end of the day, the receptionist – a happily married, God-loving woman – sought me out to return the pad to me. She said it saved her from ruining everything.
A very handsome, charming and wealthy client shamelessly flirted with her whenever he came into the office. Ordinarily she would laugh it off as harmless. But not that day. That day, when he came to pick up one of the attorneys for a lunch meeting, the client wore her down.
And as she sat alone and ate her lunch, she contemplated giving in to him. When he returned to her desk later that afternoon, she was going to say yes.
And then she found my 1 Corinthians 10:13 practice sheet.
And she heard God say no.
She said she was tempted beyond what she could bear, and God provided a way out. She asked me to hold her accountable.
That unfolded piece of paper on a legal pad on her desk changed the course of her afternoon and prevented the possible destruction of her marriage, as well as the office’s relationship with the client.
God knows how to come to our rescue, just in time.