This story was reported in my local rag this morning and immediately had me pondering a couple of things that frequently run through my brainial meats whenever I encounter stories of this sort. For me, these stories immediately raise a number of questions that I’ve never been able to adequately resolve.
Perhaps I’ll find some help with this posting. I particularly hope that readers who profess to believe in the supernatural could lend some insight into my ponderings.
The first observation I have is this: Janelle and her husband decided to do the “right” thing, not because she knew intuitively that it was the “right” thing to do, but because they believed that a) Jehovah was overseeing their drive-thru activity and b) they believed that they knew what choice Jehovah would have them make in this situation. The question, of course, that immediately comes to mind as I make this observation is this: what does it say about a person’s internal moral development when they resolve their moral dilemmas solely on the basis on what they believe that their object of supernatural veneration would have them do?
The second question that immediately comes to mind is this: If Jehovah is an omniscient being who knows all things – past, present and future – why would he find it necessary to watch every nanosecond of your life, and believed to guide all of your daily decisions? Unless my understanding of Jehovah is way off kilter, Jehovah was well aware of the decision Janelle and her husband would make eons before they were even born. Why would Jehovah bother to watch a rerun of Janelle’s behavior, just to make sure he was right about what he knew eons before?
The third question I have is this: How does Janelle and her husband so easily come to the conclusion that Jehovah wanted Janelle to return the cash? Couldn’t it be quite possible that Jehovah was guiding the manager’s hand when the cash was placed in the take-out bag instead of the spicy chicken sandwich? Maybe Jehovah influenced the manager to give the cash to a person he felt was in real need of it or, as Janelle said, someone who really “could have used it.” If this were the case, Janelle’s decision to return the cash is actually a violation of Jehovah’s will.
Now, the Jdubs who will read this post might normally be inclined to declare that my observations and questions show a distinctive and strong Satanic influence but I caution them against rushing to this conclusion. After all, Jehovah knew long ago that I’d be asking these questions and I’m sure you’d insist that my asking is just part of Jehovah’s will.
Thanks in advance for all the insight you might offer. I’m looking forward to receiving it. I’m ready to make a quantum leap in my knowledge and understanding of the unseen forces claimed to be guiding us mortals.