‘Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?’

This is a story that was given to me by a friend. She actually didn’t even know where she got it from, possibly an email. I researched to see if I could find the author to give credit but all I found was lyrics of a song.

Gloria Gaither, William J. Gaither and Larry Gatlin
© 2011 Hanna Street Music (BMI) / Barton Creek Music (BMI) / Mike Curb Music (BMI).

I don’t know if the song was taken from this story or vice-verse but I thought it was a story that exemplified again ‘compassion and kindness’ so thought I’d post it.

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 the 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-by, 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 notice 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 withe 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.

Note: With this week being Holy Week culminating in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, I thought this was an appropriate time for this post.

18 thoughts on “‘Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?’

  1. I am so glad I can laugh again, after so much sad stories this week; this has put a smile on my face.
    We can all wish to be like Jesus at some point. Sad things make me cry .But knowing that we live for Jesus too makes it a beautiful place to live regardless of all the bad things happening in the world.


  2. Reblogged this on forhisgloryandpraise and commented:
    After reading this I had to reblog it, because the message is powerful, and is one we should be living as followers of Jesus Christ. My pastor touched on this in his Palm Sunday message and it seems to be what the Lord has been telling me in my own devotionals. We live in evil times, where people call evil good and call good evil. Maybe our example should be to show others what true goodness through the example Jesus Christ set for us really is. Enjoy and God bless its message to your heart and your life.


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