Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:7
I always thought I was pretty good at recognizing internet scammers, but not last weekend.
My stepsister told me she wanted to go to a festival last weekend to celebrate her birthday, so I tried to make it happen. Big problem ... the tickets were sold out.
Last time the tickets were sold out for an event I wanted to go to, I found people selling tickets the night before on social media. So, I figured people would be doing the same thing for that event.
And they were, yay!
I found a couple of people who looked legit, so I contacted them for 5 tickets. One guy gave me a great deal for 2 tickets, and I was sold.
What I thought would be an easy transaction turned into a 5-hour nightmare. After the money was sent to the man, Paypal put a hold on his account.
For hours, I went back and forth with the man selling the tickets trying to explain that the money was sent. All he had to do was call Paypal to find out why they put a hold on his account.
I even took a screenshot of the confirmation page to show the seller that I sent the money. It was very frustrating.
He called me a scammer and a lot of other nasty words that I won't repeat. Arguing with him wasn't worth the stress and frustration that I was experiencing, so I said God bless you and closed the app.
No more than 30 seconds later, the man called me through the app. I was hesitant to answer his call, but I did.
We spoke briefly, and I explained to him again what probably happened. He seemed like he was willing to work things out, so I told him I would contact Paypal for him to see if they could remove the hold.
And they did 🙌.
I got them to remove the hold, and as soon as they did, the man blocked me on the app ... without sending me the tickets!!!!!!
That's when I realized I was scammed.
I thought about the situation later that night, and I realized that there were many times throughout the day when I sensed God telling me not to buy the tickets from that man, but I bought them anyway.
And there were many times throughout the day when I sensed that there was something weird about the situation, but I ignored that prompting because of my fleshly desire to find a way (no matter what) to make it to the festival.
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7
One of the ways that I know God is not in a situation, I'm making the wrong decision, or I'm out of God's will is if my peace is completely disrupted.
And it was surely disrupted that day!
God is a God of peace, and He promised to guard our hearts and minds as we live in Christ Jesus. He will never guide us into destruction, but we often guide ourselves into it.
I went against the inaudible voice that told me not to buy the tickets and wound up completely stressed out. And worse, I got scammed.
But, that experience allowed me to stop another transaction that could've led to me getting scammed twice ... in one day.
Later that night, I also got an email saying that Paypal determined that the earlier transaction with the man was fraudulent and they decided to fully refund the amount that was sent to Him.
Yes!!!!! Look at God!!!!!!
All I could do was give God all the glory and praise. It was my fault that I was scammed, and yet He still worked it out so that all the money was returned.
In Exodus, Moses asked God what he should tell the people of Israel if they ask what is the name of the God of their fathers. And God told Moses to tell them "I AM WHO I AM."
God is our comforter when we need comforting.
He's our protector when we need protecting.
He's our provider when we need provision.
He's our healer when we need healing.
God is whomever we need Him to be at all times. And if we pay attention to His promptings, we will never be led astray.
Always seek God's peace and pursue it.
And If you're wondering, I did wind up buying 5 tickets that night on another social media app. All of the transactions went smoothly without an ounce of stress ;).
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