To feel the Word of God
by Jasti Victor 9/28/2009 / Short Stories
"Inspector, this is a counterfeit dollar," sighed Belmont Fraser.
"Good work Belmont, you can go. We will send your payment as usual."
Belmont Fraser had developed the knack of finding out a counterfeit note just by the feel of it. He developed the love to count the money in his grandfathers' store, where he was asked to manage the cash counter, in rush hour.
His grandfather, the late Desmond Fraser, a pioneer in his own way, had this idea of starting a giant store wherein a customer could buy anything from a button to a shirt, a revolutionary idea at that time. Forever open to ideas, the late Desmond employed youngsters who have an original idea. So it was no wonder that the store grew in leaps and bounds.
The late Desmond was a Christian to the core. Whenever he got the chance he used to tell a story or an anecdote to Belmont Fraser. Young and impressionable, he used to listen and absorb each and every word that his grandfather told him. It may be a Biblical story or a missionary's tale, but it did have an impact on the young Fraser.
One fine morning, when a slight drizzle made the crowd thin out, Desmond took out the cash chest and upturned it on the table. He asked Belmont to segregate the currency as per its value. Belmont never had difficulty in doing it and did it so quickly that it impressed his grandfather so much that he asked him, for fun sake, to do it with his eyes closed.
Desmond was pleasantly surprised about his grandson's talent. And from that day onwards he gave the responsibility to Belmont to handle the cash daily.
In no time he became very popular and used to entertain the customers by closing his eyes and counting the cash. One night, just before closing, Belmont called for his grandfather to point out about a dollar which a customer had given. As usual he counted the money with his eyes closed, and felt that one dollar did not have the correct feel about it.
The customer, a stranger to the town confessed to the police that he did indeed gave a counterfeit note. The police were mighty puzzled, because their was no visual difference between the original and the counterfeit note and it was impossible to tell it by the naked eye. The police concluded that it was only because Belmont had developed the fine art of counting with his eyes closed that he was able to differentiate the minute difference, a difference that only the latest technology can differentiate.
Desmond proud of his grandsons' achievement asked him to use his talent judiciously.
"Remember Belmont that the 'Word of God' is just like the good dollar. Read the Bible everyday. Meditate upon it. You should be so thorough in knowing the 'Word of God' and that if it is not, then you should be immediately be able to discard it."
Victor Jasti lives in India and is passionate about writing short stories based on the Bible and real incidents. He also writes Christian fiction and poetry. Five of his poems were published in Temporal Currents compiled by an American author, Ms. Christine Tricarico.