Providence of God Never Fails

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
April 28, 1999

Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a female village moneylender. The female Moneylender, who was old, fat and ugly, fancied the farmer’s handsome son, Cliff. So she proposed a bargain.

She said she would forgo the farmer’s debt if she could marry his son. Both the farmer and his son were horrified by the Proposal.

So the cunning female moneylender suggested that they let providence decide the matter. She told them that she would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty moneybag. Then the son would have to pick one pebble from the bag.

If he picked the black pebble, he would become her husband and the father’s debt would be forgiven. If he picked the white pebble he need not marry her and the father’s debt would still be forgiven. But if he refused to pick a pebble, his father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble-strewn path in the farmer’s field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As she picked them up, the sharp-eyed son noticed that she had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag.

She then told the son to close his eyes and pick one pebble from the moneybag. Now, if he reveals the dishonesty of the lady, it would be harmful for his father. He also thought that providence of God will lead him to a better conclusion that can overcome the dilemma.

The son put his hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, he fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles. ‘Oh, how clumsy of me,’ he said. ‘But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.’

Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that he had picked the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit her dishonesty, the son changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.

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21 comments
  1. Lyn said:

    Ha! I love this. Thanks for sharing. Sorry I can’t help with your source, whoever wrote it was genius.

    God bless
    Lyn

  2. Debbie said:

    Praying to be able to think that fast on my feet! Great story share! Thank you and God bless!

  3. So many of the posts I’ve seen on your blog should be FP’d! I wish there was a way we could nominate pieces…2 thumbs UP

  4. M1ch3ll said:

    I really enjoyed this, very good example of how God sometimes helps us out of the most impossible situations if we trust in him.

  5. rebornjumpman said:

    Nice post, but is this really an example of God’s providence?

  6. Blessings,

    That is the invisible hand of God, not only is that Providence, that is overcoming a Goliath in one’s life.

  7. I would say he had the gift of wisdom, nicely done.

  8. This kind of clever tale, with a setting in the “old country” usually are from either the Decameron or from Leo Tolstoy. I have a 1931 edition of the Decameron. No titles are given to the stories as each storyteller was assigned a day and topic. G. Boccaccio. 14th Century. I guess that because of the length. At any rate, it is a good one to keep in a personal collection. I wish I could tell you for sure. Some of the stories are a bit “spicy” while others are clever, like this one. Can God help us out of sticky situations like this one? Sure.

  9. Believe that even in the darkest hours, things can still shine bright. Sometimes, we don’t exactly know how. But at the right moment, it will just come to us. Sigh.

  10. Love this so much! Your blog is definitely one of my faves! 😀

  11. A perfect outcome! It serves the lady right!

    God bless!

  12. Matthew 10:16
    16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves

  13. shmooz said:

    Good story. We humans can’t help but want a happy ending that allows for dignity all around, empathy and goodness. And thanks for “liking” my blog post this morning.

  14. It is my sad state of affairs to come up with such clever ideas AFTER the event 🙂

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