How God equals the score

By Julia Fernandes

September 9, 2011


I read somewhere that God isoutside time and space. Maybe, that is why God can be everywhere; He can seeeverything all the time. He has no restrictions of time and space. He comes toyour rescue when you least expect it. The following incident solidified thisthought of mine.


Today morning as usual I boarded theladies special train as I headed to work. In Mumbai locals, we have a peculiarfeature. Since people commute daily, groups are formed in compartments. Humansby nature have a herd mentality, people long to belong to groups, be itreligion, caste, work, or something as mundane as a train journey.


These groups often practicepartiality towards their own group members. Any new person who occupies theseat in their seating space is looked upon with hostility and is treated withdisdain. I am a no-group person. I keep changing my train and my seating spacepractically daily. So, I am accustomed to sarcastic remarks each time I occupydifferent seating spaces.


In Mumbai local trains we have anothercustom especially in the ladies compartment. When the compartment is full andthere is no space to sit, we usually ask each seated commuter where they aregetting down and whichever is the nearest station, we claim that particularseat. Which means when she gets up to alight at her station she has to give herseat to the woman who has claimed her seat. No other person can sit on thatparticular seat.


There is a particularly nasty group.The members of this group reserve the seats for their members through foulmeans. They keep their bags on the seats and deny seats to other lady commuterswho climb in late by lying that there is somebody sitting and that she has steppeddown from the train momentarily to buy something. When their member finallytroops in, she gets the seat while the woman who has come before her is leftstanding.


I was sitting today near thisnasty group and my sister came along. So, I gave my seat to my sister since hersis a short journey and I stood up and claimed the seat of a woman from thisgroup whom I know gets up very early. But, since this group does not likenon-members this woman deliberately got up very late. I guess she derived somesadistic pleasure by making me stand for a longer time. She kept laughing in a wickedway. I just remained quiet and where I would have sat after say 20 minutes shegave me her seat after a good 45 minutes!


I just told my sister that nothingever goes unnoticed by God. As my journey progressed, a lady asked me where Iwas getting off. Since I get down at the last station -- Churchgate -- she couldnot claim my seat. I could not miss the look of disappointment in her face. Shegot a claim but she would have to stand a bit longer.


I gestured this woman to sit at myseat till she gets her claim. I got up and gave my seat to this woman. I saidmy prayers standing while this woman looked delighted to be able to sit down. Finally,she got her own seat and was sitting besides me. When her station came, beforegoing she touched me, said thank you and whispered God bless you.


At the beginning of my journey while one mean womandisplayed nastiness towards me, at the end of my journey another woman displayedgoodness by blessing me. Just goes to show that our dear God is a God ofjustice. He does not waste any time in equaling the score in His own wonderfulways as I learnt from my experience today.