I chuckled when a woman shared a story with me at a recent lecture.
She reported that her daughter’s tennis team had advanced to National play-offs. She and her husband wanted to attend the play-offs, but the matches were 2000 miles away, and they didn’t have the funds to make the trip.
One Sunday, at church, a local Christian Science practitioner quizzed her about the trip and asked, “Why aren’t you going to watch your daughter?” The woman replied, “We don’t have the funds.” The practitioner rebuked her with the reply, “No, what is the REAL reason you’re not making the trip?” It was as much as to say, “Money is not the reason. Understand the significance of the opportunity and tell me why you’re not going on a trip you should be going on!”
The response startled the woman enough to go back and talk with her husband further as to why they weren’t making the trip. The two decided they should make the trip, even though they didn’t see how to pay for it, but they loved their daughter, wanted to support her, and felt it was the morally right thing to do.
Shortly, her husband received a letter from the Social Security Administration advising him that they had underpaid him. A check was enclosed that was sufficient to cover the expenses of the trip.
The practitioner’s spiritual sense was vindicated. Money never was the reason they weren’t making the trip.
Making the trip was a matter of understanding the moral and spiritual issues at stake. Once those were resolved, the money appeared to make follow-through possible.
The issue was never about money.