Jesus was hanging out one day, sharing the love, joking around, talking in parables, as usual, when a rather aggressive man shouted “Jesus, do you pay your taxes?”
Jesus turned from His friends, still smiling from a funny little parable He just thought up and shared and looked at the man. “Peace brother” He said. He then asked a friend to grab a fish from the fisherman they were chatting to. “Look in the fish’s mouth” He said. The friend found a coin there! “Whose face its on the back of that coin?” He asked the shocked angry man as the friend flicked it to him. There was some gasping, some laughing and a sheepish looking angry man said, “Caesar’s”. “Well, Caesar can have what is his” Jesus said, and as He turned back to His friends He added, “the fish is mine.”
-my version of a story you will find in the gospels. I remembered it today and it made me happy. Even though I live in a country where the rich develop systems to keep themselves rich and keep the poor down, where insurance companies use scaremongering to suck as much cash out of you as legally possible, where the wealthy government officials tax the poor more heavily than their rich buddies, I can still know that the Lord is my provider. The Lord will even give me the money to pay the corrupt rich men what they demand. Even from the mouth of a fish if needs be.