The Apple of His Eye

My friend Joanne sent me this e-mail this morning. Just what I needed. A great heartwarming story which also has a lesson and a truth not to be overlooked.

When you get to the last paragraph, you’ll see why this has a special meaning to me:

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 tese salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Whithout 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 down 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. Then he slowly 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? That’s our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the differnece as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life, 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.

I pray that all who are blind to His love and grace will be able see what He offers us as a gift, almost too good to be true.

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Forever stamps,…yeah, right!!!

I walked into the post office this morning to purchase yet another slew of supplemental stamps, one centers, to affix to my outgoing mail with only 41 cent postage in order for our government postal service to deliver them.

When will it stop?????

We do have a choice, to buy these Forever Stamps, which will last till the end of time, so we’re told. They sell for the price of 42 cents each and I’m told can be used “forever”.  Until the next rate increase. Maybe, I’m not sure.  I don’t think anyone is sure.  A postal worker told me that if the rate of postage would perhaps decrease, and that is a possibility, we could still use the forever stamps which we purchased at a higher rate than the current one which may be lower .  Confused yet?

This leaves me with one other alternative which I and my husband have been dragging our feet for some time now…and that is paying bills and doing our banking online.  ” No, we’re not ready !!  Not yet,  we’d rather see the checks and bills actually in the mailbox being picked up by our faithful, trusty mailman which we know by name and wave to and give a Christmas card to every holiday season.”  (Can’t you just see our heels dug in and leaving deep scrape marks on the ground?)

They call it snail mail!  ha! what do they know. ( Sigh!!!)

I think for now,  I”ll just use up these one cent stamps, they’re really very pretty, a nice image of a Tiffany lamp.  I think we’re good for another few months, then we’ll think about the dreaded change which is inescapable.

Those of you who are snickering, I’m guessing you’re what? 25, 26, maybe 30.  Just you wait till technology catches up with you and rocks your nice, peaceful world that you are so comfortably living.

Then we’ll talk.  Yeah, I know, it will be on the newest cell phone with more features than there will be forever stamps circulating by then.

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Shopping Spree

First let me tell you how beautiful, no, stunning a woman Ruth is!  She is a personal shopper, who has been assisting women over twenty years to dress with confidence and style. For a woman her age, and she hides it well, she is the most poised, put together lady I’ve been introduced to.  She just had that polished look from head to toe.

I looked at her, then at myself and was only able to squeak out, “Help”.   And help she did! She made shopping fun again.  She pulled things off the rack for me to try on that I would never have given a second thought about trying on. She filled the dressing room with outfit after outfit that compemented my size,  shape, coloring and it was all age appropriate.  That has been my biggest challenge lately.  What does a woman my age wear?  It doesn’t seem all that daunting but lately for me it has been just that.

It was a very successful morning, there are several new pieces of clothing now hanging in my closet that actually coordinate with what I already have.  Unfortunately, I could not purchase everything, but what I did buy will go a long, long way.   Thank you, Ruth!!

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