An employee at a Massachusetts store found a $20 bill wrapped around a note on the restroom floor that set off an All Points Bulletin for a “presumed missing” Oklahoma couple. Written on one side of the note: “HELP KIDNAPPED CALL HIGHWAY PATROL,” followed by two phone numbers. Written on the other side: “MY FORD VAN CREAM & BLUE OKLA.”
Police began a search, and family awaited word anxiously as news outlets around the country posted appeals for public assistance in finding the “missing” couple—until, that is, Mr. Floyd Rupp, age 62, called his office in Sand Springs, Okla., to check on business. “I'm sitting here enjoying the view of the ocean,'' he said to the office manager, Brenda Ward, who replied, “You have no idea what's going on, do you?''
What was going on was a preemptive security stunt by Mrs. Rupp, age 57. She had traveled together with her husband for a wedding and tour of New England. Now seaside in Maine, Mrs. Rupp wasn’t enjoying her vacation; she had already begun fretting about the drive back to Oklahoma which she knew she would be making alone.
Fearing the worst, Rupp prepared, in advance, a plea for help and folded it inside a $20 bill (which she was sure would attract more attention than a mere slip of paper) just in case of an emergency. Well, the note accidently fell out of her handbag at a rest stop, setting off an emergency all its own.
Fretting doesn’t avert trouble, it just exacerbates it.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).