That’s what Tidewater resident Laila Cheikh might want to know. She made a cash withdrawal for her cab company drivers from her Newport News, Virginia, Bank of America branch and got an unexpected “gift.” Someone accidentally included a dye pack, like those given to bank robbers, in her bag of cash. It exploded, leaving a huge mess and a foul smell. That was on August 14, 2008. In March, 2009, she sued Bank of America for bodily injuries from the dye (via USA Today Online, 8/14/08; Janie Bryant, The Virginian-Pilot, 3/14/09). It’s unclear if the case has ever been solved.
I imagine you have had a day or two when you were delivered a less than pleasant surprise. It may have been a dose of bad news. Perhaps it was that person whose apparent color-blindness regarding the red light roped you into a fender bender that changed your morning plans. It might have been a pink slip from a company you’ve faithfully served for years. So many things can happen unexpectedly which alter your course or have a negative impact on you.
Though it will not compare to the day Job had (Job 1-2), it will test your character, your attitude, and your Christian example. What you do when the unexpected and unpleasant “blows up in your face” is crucial! You can be a light or you could cross over to the “dark side” (cf. Matt. 5:13-16; 1 Th. 5:8-10). It’s up to you. You never know what might be in the “bag of life.” Be ready!
(*) They used to give new customers a toaster when they opened a bank account (before my time).