Here’s a story I read that I thought you might enjoy.

A few years ago, a team 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, with tickets and briefcases in hand, moving quickly through the airport terminal, one of these salesmen inadvertently bumped into a table which held a display of apples being sold for a charity. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the gate in just in time for boarding.

That is, all except one! He paused, took a deep breath, quickly assessed the situation – 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 he would try and catch a later flight. Then, he returned to the area where the apples were still all over the terminal floor.

The man was glad he did. He discovered that the 16-year-old girl running the stand was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, all the while helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the rushing crowd swirled about her, no one stopping and no one caring for her plight. The salesman quickly 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 the apples had become battered and bruised. These he set aside in a basket. When they 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. “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly,” he said.

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, stunned by the question. He assured her that he was not Jesus, then made his way to arrange for a later flight with that question burning in his mind: “Are you Jesus?”

There are things that happen to us in life, often unintentional and some by accident. People watch how we respond, especially when it might be an inconvenience if we take the time to help someone put things back in order. So the next time you see a person in need of help, even if you are in a hurry, if you stop to assist them, will they wonder if it was Jesus in you that made the difference. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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