• Melinda Eye Cooper

Making Change

Updated: Mar 19, 2019

Recently, I received fifteen dollars too much change at a local fast food restaurant. The employee closed the drive-thru window and walked away as I held the change in my hand along with the receipt – confused.


Did I give her a twenty or a five?


For a split second, it crossed my mind to keep the wrong change. Fifteen extra dollars seemed nice. I dismissed the idea the same second it crossed my mind.


I only want what God has for me.


I tried to get her attention by honking but she was gone. Another worker opened the window.


“I think I got the wrong change. I’m pretty sure I gave her a five but she gave me change for a twenty. Could you please check your draw?”


“We don’t count drawers until three. Are you certain you got the wrong change?”


I shrugged, “Pretty sure.”


“I can take it back. Then you can call later about the drawer balance.”


I handed her the money and she corrected the change.


“Thank you for your honesty.” She said as I rolled up my window and drove away.


That incident got me to thinking about making the wrong change in life. I’ve done that before – usually with regret. I’ve quit jobs, moved, ended relationships and much more.


When we moved back to Missouri in 1998, I cried all the way home. It felt like the wrong change. But it was too late to turn back. We ended up moving back to Tennessee two years later.


We currently have a contract on our house and land. It wasn’t an easy decision to sell it. Originally, we planned on buying five acres across the street and to remodel the older home on the property. But while ours was up for sale, that one sold. We debated taking ours off the market. But then the first couple who looked at it, made an offer too good to pass up.


Letting go of the place we bought through God’s grace is going to hurt. But He has prepared a place for us to go and we look forward to the changes that will bring.


After I got the wrong change at the fast food restaurant, I absolutely knew I’d been tested. Would I take the wrong change in my favor? I’d have a fit if it was the other way around.


Later that same week, I got an email from Sudden Service Gas Stations. I’d won a $500.00 gift card. I immediately remembered the wrong change incident and my temptation to keep it. That is no coincidence.


But He knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold. Job 23:10 ESV  


God does test us. Sometimes, we recognize it and sometimes we don’t.


Have you recognized when God is testing?


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