This is as good as it gets!!! 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 to
catch the plane home and 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
When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, “Here,
please take this $50 for the damage we did. Are you okay?”She nodded through her
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. He gently went back and said,
“No, I am nothing like Jesus – He is good, kind, caring, loving, and would never
have bumped into your display in the first place.
“The girl gently nodded: “I only asked because I prayed for Jesus to help me
gather the apples. He sent you to help me, Thank you for hearing Jesus, Mister.”
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
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 you, too, have been bruised by a fall.
He stopped what He was doing and picked up you and me on a hill called Calvary
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..
The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts, the safest place to be is in
someone’s prayers and the very best place to be is in the hands of God!!!