Account Overdue

Rev. Wilson Kaan

April 14, 2020

Line up early in the morning at Costco senior hour to secure a number of item for the long siege. Arrive at 8:00 in the morning and the line is already looped around the warehouse building.

No one is doing any talking, an occasional acknowledgement from a familiar face as I inch forward with full awareness that the order of the day is “social distancing”.

Two young ladies with smiling faces offer to wipe down the shopping cart with disinfectant. I make my way into the store after 45 mins of lineup at -9C in Saskatoon morning.

The shopping is fast and furious, soon I have my cart filled and some more, always picking up some on-sale items that I know is good for soul.

The checkout counter is pristine and without lineup, cashier asks to scan my Costco card and proceeds to enter all items. I tap my card for the payment of the day and my card is rejected, try again by inserting the card and it is also rejected. No, no, it must be a mistake, what is happening here? Was my venture out in COVID-19 era and my 45 minutes in -9C weather totally wasted?

Making a big mistake was never my doing as usual, not yet paying off our current balance never entered my mind. Call up my credit card company and settle the issue was my intent, I am thankful that a machine handling my call without listening to my indignation while waiting for a live operator, I hear the outstanding balance of my account and a reminder that my payment is overdue.

I think of my heavenly account, outstanding balance and things that are long overdue. I am reminded of these beautiful words “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”. God’s word has a way of humbling us, reminding us and urging us to do what is right and what we should be as His children.

Blessings on you as we all continue in the COVID-19 lockdown era. May these random thoughts encourage you and give you strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

Love and Shalom