Friday, November 14, 2008

  {"Excuse me...Are you Jesus?"}

My sister Brittany just sent me an email that I HAD to share with you all. This is truly how I want to live my life, to Glorify Him!


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
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.

Sometimes we just take things for granted, when we really need to be sharing what we know.

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katylinvw said...

can you say goosebumps! wow! this is great! thanks for sharing!

Vintagesquirrel said...

Thank you for sharing this story of kindness. We could all use these little reminders of what's most important: treating others as we want to be treated.

CJ said...

Awesome story! thanks for posting that.

Victoria said...

What a great story and oh so convicting!

Decor To Adore said...

I am totally bawling here. What a great reminder.

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Wow Nikki what an amazing story! I love this. I always try to be a good witness, do the right thing and bless people, but this certainly takes it a step farther doesn't it? Loved your post and thank you! blessings

Jane In The Jungle said...

Nikki this is great. If only we all could live like this 24/7.

Heather said...

I love this email. I get it often and it always brings a smile and tear,

Sunny said...

That was awesome! Part of my regular prayers is telling Jesus how much I want to reflect him. I want to love people the way that he loves us. I want to see people for their potential, the way that Christ sees us and not for who/what/where we are right now. I pray that I reflect the one that lives inside me.

The Beauty Bargainista said...

I could not agree with you more ladies! He is such an amazing God, is He not? And to think that He loves us unconditionally, even when we don't reflect his light is just astonishing to me!!

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