This is part 2 of the previous post – “Favor”! Upon reading my side of the story on how blessed John and Janine were to receive their Nemo and Panda, Vernice wrote to me regarding “her side of the story”!
Thank you Vernice for sharing your testimony, as follows:
I tried my luck at one of the booths using a coupon booklet I received from TOUCH after giving away all the others I had to random kids (because my whole cell group couldn’t make it so they gave all their free coupons to me). I was pacing around the festival, wondering which booth I should use my coupons on. The nemo soft toy among other prizes caught my eye at the ring throw station, so with an expectation to win something, I gave my coupon to the station master. I had 12 tries, and after the first few throws not winning anything, I thought to myself, “oh I’ll probably just not win anything” which was completely fine with me.
It was my fifth throw and I managed to secure a medium prize. My heart was lifted, I thought again to myself ambitiously, “oh hey maybe i can win the big prize”. A few more throws and lo and behold, I won the big prize; even the staff was amazed because there were many others who paid to try at the game multiple times but couldn’t win anything, then there was me who used free coupons and won two prizes in a row. In the end, my spoils were a big nemo soft toy and a panda plushie. I was elated and pleased, I rarely won prizes at festivals.
I was about to head back to my grandmother’s place when another thought came into my mind. I found myself asking out loud (like not kidding, it just came out of my mouth all of a sudden), “do I want to be selfish or do I want to make someone’s day?” To be honest, I wanted to keep the toys as a momento so I struggled with letting go. I even asked my brothers through whatsapp if they wanted the plushies, hoping they would say yes so I could keep them at home. At this point of time, I was already looking around for kids to give the toys out and I actually spotted a huge family with three small children. However, I still didn’t approach them because my brothers have not replied me. Meanwhile, a family of four walked past me, with the mother pointing me out to her children and kids staring at the prizes in my hands. I had a prompting immediately to give my prizes to them instead.
I stalked them for a while before my phone buzzed with the message from my brothers saying they didn’t want the toys. At that moment, I knew I had to give the toys away. Approaching the family slowly, I explained that I won the prizes at a booth but I didn’t really have a need for them so I’m giving both plushies away. The mother was extremely excited and exclaimed that the nemo toy was exactly what her son was trying to win for the past two days at the festival, and that the panda toy was her daughter’s favourite. She then said, “wow God really loves the both of you.” (to her kids)
My heart melted at the scene. God’s timing and purpose is really so amazing! We took some photos and I left the festival right after, smiling to myself as I walked to the mrt station.
This whole incident made me learn one thing: The assistance you render to someone might just be God’s next provision or blessing for them. You might think little of it, but it might mean the world to someone else. The family is very thankful to me, but I am thankful also to them for giving me the chance to bless others and really affirm that God really does love all His sons and daughters.