The Story of Esperanza: Chapter 18

Chapter 18

Shortly before they were in Austin, they were in Houston preparing to give lessons there. While walking around the city one day, they encountered a blind beggar sitting downtown along side of a popular coffee shop. When they came near he heard the group and asked who they were. A passer by told him it was Esperanza of the Texas Hill Country. He began to cry out and say, “Esperanza, daughter of the Divine, please see me!” Other passers-by tried to quiet him and became concerned with how loud he was getting. He just started calling out louder, “Daughter of the Divine! See me!” Esperanza came up next to him and sat with him. She asked him, “What do you want from me?” He turned his face toward where he heard her voice. “I want to be able to see your face.” She turned to him and placed a hand on his cheek. She said, “See me, and know my message.” He blinked and when his eyes opened again he saw her face and those around. He got up and joined the group following her.

A short while later, there was a CEO of a major bank based in Houston named Zack. He had heard of Esperanza and wanted to see her for himself. There was a large crowd gathered around her as she was walking by so he was unable to see this woman he had heard so much about, as he was short. He ran ahead of the crowd and found a mesquite tree along the path. Even though he was wearing an expensive suit and shoes, he just had to see her. He climbed up in the mesquite tree and waited. When the crowd passed by below, Esperanza stopped and looked up at this well dressed man up in the tree looking at her. “Zack?” she asked as she had read articles about this man before, “What are you doing up there come down!” He immediately scrambled down and stood before her. He said, “I had to see the person they said could cure addiction and heal the mind.” She smiled, “Let’s have lunch.” When the crowd saw this they murmured to each other, “He’s going to a banker’s house? Doesn’t she know how poorly he treats his employees and customers?” While at lunch they had a conversation. She discovered that he had become addicted to a certain drug due to the stresses of his job. He had spent a lot of money on it and covering it up. She healed him and shared her message of hope and love. At the end of the meal, he stood in the place they had eaten and declared, “My name is Zack, I am the CEO of a large banking corporation. I hereby declare that half of all that I have will be given to the poor. If I have defrauded anyone, or my company has, I will pay them back four times as much.” Esperanza smiled at him, “Today, you have been saved.”

“This reminds me of a story.” Esperanza told them. “A rich young man went on a  campaign to be elected to a seat of power within congress. In order to judge their ability to help in his new status he called his assistants together. To one he gave $1000, another he gave $500, and yet another he gave $100. He instructed them to invest his money and he would determine what had been done when he returned from Washington. There were those in his district that did not like him for all manner of rumor was set against him on the Internet. He loved his people, however, and was, for the most part, a good man. He returned from his campaign victorious. He had won the votes to become the next representative of that district. He called his assistants together again. The first came to him and said,’ I was able to invest in a new start up in our district, which grew tremendously. I doubled your money in the time that you were campaigning.’ The young man said to him, ‘Well done! You’ve been faithful to me and I will trust you with my finances while I’m in office.’ The second assistant came to him saying, ‘I invested in a dairy farm in your district, it wasn’t much but we were able to get a cow and it has since produced enough milk to make back the money spent on it and then some.’ The young man said to him,’Excellent! Good job, I can trust you to be my right hand man here in the district listen to what my constituents have to say, and ensure that I know what they need.’ The last assistant came to him, ‘Here is your money. I put it under my mattress for safe keeping. I was afraid I’d lose it if I invested it for you, because I know you are shrewd business man. I am not.’ The young man looked at his assistant disappointedly,’I’m sorry, that was not what I asked you to do. You knew I was a shrewd business man, why didn’t you just put it in a savings account where at least I could have gotten a few cents interest in this time. Give me the money. I’m going to give it as a bonus to the assistant I can trust with my finances. You should have invested the money like I had asked. I’m sorry, but I cannot trust you with even a little bit. Collect your things, you are fired.’ He then put together a press conference to  speak to his constituency. He assured them he would make sure to represent them well. He introduced the second assistant who would be his go to person in the district to ensure that he heard the voices of the people. He also introduced the first assistant who would be in charge of the finances to ensure that those in his district who needed investing in would be invested in. This helped to solidify that he did care about his people.”

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