Saturday, January 13, 2007

Are you Jesus?

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention
in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in
plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush through the
terminal, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen
inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples
flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to
reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding.

ALL BUT ONE !!! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his
feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose
apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of
them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and
explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal
where the apples were all over the terminal floor. He was glad he did.

The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears
running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly
groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one
stopping and no one to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put
them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this,
he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he
set aside in another basket.

When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl,
"Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay? She
nodded through her tears. He continued on with, "I hope we didn't spoil
your day too badly."

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called
out to him, "Mister...." He paused and turned to look back into those
blind eyes. She continued, "Are you Jesus?"

He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his,way
to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about
in his soul:

"Are you Jesus?" Do people mistake you for Jesus? That's our destiny,
is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the
difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His
love, life and grace. If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and
act as He would.

Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church.
It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have
been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked you and
me up on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.


Kitty said...

I have tears welling up in my eyes. I love these types of little stories. They have such meaning to them and get such a message across. Thanks for sharing this.


SongofJoy said...

What an inspirational story. I, too, started welling up when I read this. Praying that others will see Jesus in me today,


GrandmaRosie said...

Wonderful story. Thanks for the post!

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