Are You Jesus?

1 year, 6 months ago 16
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I got this from my brother Homer this morning and was so deeply touched I wanted to share it with all of you, let’s all go into the Christmas season asking ourselves that most important question!


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 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. 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, so you are like Him – only He knows who will do His will. Thank you for hearing His call, 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 Jesus? If not, would they at least mistake you for an Angel.


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 .



Blessings as you get prepared to celebrate the most important event in human history!


the pilgrim

16 Responses

  1. Carl says:

    Well, this is outstanding!!!! I gave you credit, but I wanted you to know, I cut and pasted this to FaceBook just now! You truly “nailed the shot”!!!

  2. Eric Wojtkun says:

    All are called…but few reapond and fewer are chosen…

    I have a lot of work to to do…just got to pray for, receive and let the Mercy flow…

    God Bless you brother!

  3. Homer Fortney says:

    I started to read this on Carls’ facebook post but decided to instead come to your blog and read it. Wow, guess my surprise when I realized it was my post from earlier on facebook ! LOL I guess that is what you call coming full circle! Love you brother!!

  4. George F says:

    Catches the true essence of this season.

  5. David W. says:

    This is a great reminder that we are window through others see Jesus. Our actions drown out our words.

  6. Scotty B says:

    With all that is swirling around us in the news, our culture and politics, how refreshing it is to take a moment to puase and reflect on what is truly important. As always, you have been that beacon in the storm, and your sharing of this is a true blessing to all of us! Thanks as always, and the best to your family – and your new little furry family member!

  7. Rodney McKnight says:

    Scotty B said it well…Thanks Bill!

  8. Ron says:

    Beautiful! Reminds me every day to pray that I may reflect His face to those I meet or encounter.
    Thank you.

  9. Patrick says:

    I am not a frequent vistor to your site Mr. Fortney, but after reading this story, I believe that I should be. Gave me pause to realize how ransom acts of kindness should not only be the norm but it is what the Lord wants. Especially in the current state of the world. Thank you for sharing and helping me focus on the real reason for the season. Kind Regards.

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