As Nasruddin was leading his donkey down a steep mountain path, the donkey stumbled and fell.
"O God," Nasruddin shouted, "if you save my poor donkey, I'll donate a gold coin to the mosque!"
Miraculously, the donkey landed on the ledge below. Nasruddin was amazed. "Thank you, God!" he exclaimed. "I had no idea you were so desperate for cash!"
Then the ledge under the donkey started to crumble.
"Okay, God, okay! I'll donate two gold coins."
Then the ledge collapsed and the donkey plunged to its death. Nasruddin sighed. "I never thought God would drive such a hard bargain."
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #134 in the book.