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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  1. I liked this story. We are made in God’s image and the kindness and compassion we show others are a reflection of his grace and love.

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