Be Suspicious

Two days before Tony and I flew to the US to visit our grandson, my siblings and their spouses came to our home to send us off.

Over dinner, they exchanged horror stories about scams, rackets, and ruses at the airport that have duped many unsuspecting passengers. Their collective advice: Be suspicious.

One modus operandi is, angel-looking-do-gooders, who are assigned to push wheelchairs, volunteer to take care of your luggage and assist in checking you in.   

Some would volunteer to watch your bag for you while you go inside the ladies’ room cubicle.

Their innocent demeanor gives you wonderful thoughts, "Oh, what kind souls!” 

In your naiveté, half of the contents of your luggage is gone, or your boarding pass goes missing.

We’ve all heard of the “tanim-bala” (planting a bullet in your bag). You get apprehended and to quickly get out of the fix, you pay grease money for the authorities to let you go, instead of waiting for a lengthy investigation that would delay your trip. 

“Be suspicious” is not how I want to live. I have always believed that in every human being is an innate goodness, being a creation of a good God.

Yet, naiveté has become a curse. Beneath many angelic smiles lurk a dark intent. Times are such that more and more people, who appear like angels, are actually devils in disguise.

Came our day of departure. With three big bags in tow, Tony and I slowly did our best to help ourselves at the airport, sizing up and refusing assistance from those who came forward to help.

Maybe some of them were pure in heart, but we remembered to “Be suspicious.” 

As judgment day nears, we who live for the risen Lord, can only be covered by grace.  

"So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT)

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