I once read a true story about a Brazilian businessman Alvaro Weyne who had £10,000 in cash and cheques and decided that the safest place to hide it would be in his office waste bin, because no one would think of looking in there. He was right. While he was away from his desk the cleaner came in and emptied the bin without giving it a second glance.
Life is like that sometimes, isn't it? You think you've got something precious and all of a sudden it's gone. But here's another story, which may or may not be true, but says something else about life.
Enrico, a Brazillian pauper, who scrapes a living by scavenging the rubbish tips of the city and using or selling what he finds, picked up a small plastic bin-liner from the top of the new pile of refuse which had just been dumped. He opened it up, and to his great surprise and joy, there inside it was £10,000! He ran home to his wife and family, bought them all new clothes, had a celebration meal and put down a deposit on a house away from the slums.
You see, sometimes life can do things like that to you. You think you've got nothing precious at all, that life has given you little, that the good things you once had are lost, and suddenly, without any warning, you are surprised by joy. ...
From my talk at the West Camel Methodist Church Anniversary Service: Luke 24 - Emmaus Road - Surprised by Joy, this evening.