Monday, December 7, 2009

EXCUSE ME, ARE YOU GOD?

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, 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 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.... Excuse me,' He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, 'Are you God?'

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 God?' Do people mistake you for God?

That's our destiny, is it not? To be so much like God 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 up you and me and paid in full for our damaged fruit.

Please share this, iF you feel led to do so. Sometimes we just take things for granted, when we really need to be sharing what we know...Thanks.

Be Blessed and Be A Blessing to others. May God Bless you beyond measure!!!

-Author Unknown-

This story was sent to me yesterday by my dearest friend, Angela. Thanks sweetheart!
Have a nice day folks!

4 comments:

mamasita said...

Thanks Paula..a very emotional example of a rare behaviour.
How many will take the trouble to do what he did?

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Datin Mamasita

Selamat pagi to you!

You are welcome...this is a very inspiring story and I pray it will remind all of us to be more human and kind to those around us. Take care and please let me know if ever you are in Penang.

Have a great week!

Salam

zewt said...

it is in such times that God exist, through us.

masterwordsmith said...

Lovely to hear from you. Wise words, Zewt...It is no longer me that liveth, but He that liveth in me...Take care and blessings to you and yours.