Story of the day:  “Don’t judge a book by its cover”

The following story appeared in the newsletter Our America:

Dodie Gadient, a schoolteacher for thirteen years, decided to travel across America and see the sights she had taught about. Traveling alone in a truck with camper in tow, she launched out.  One afternoon rounding a curve on I-5 near Sacramento in rush-hour traffic, a water pump blew on her truck.  She was tired, exasperated, scared, and alone.  In spite of the traffic jam she caused, no one seemed interested in helping.

Leaning up against the trailer, she prayed, “Please God, send me an angel…preferably one with mechanical experience.” Within four minutes, a huge Harley drove up, ridden by an enormous man sporting long, black hair, a beard, and tattooed arms. With an incredible air of confidence, he jumped off and, without even glancing at Dodie, went to work on the truck.  Within another few minutes, he flagged down a larger truck, attached a tow chain to the frame of the disabled Chevy, and whisked the 56-foot rig of the freeway on to a side street, where he calmly continued to work on the water pump.

The intimidated schoolteacher was too dumbfounded to talk. Especially when she read the paralyzing words on the back of his leather jacket” Hell’s Angels–California.” As he finished the task, she finally got up the courage to say, “Thanks so much,” and carry on a brief conversation.

Noticing her surprise at the whole ordeal, he looked her straight in the eye and mumbled, “Don’t judge a book by its cover. You may not know who you’re talking to.” With that, he smiled, closed the hood of the truck, and straddled his Harley. With a wave, he was gone as fast as he had appeared.

Quote of the day: Bosch

“Be quick to judge yourself and slow to judge others.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 7:2 (NKJV)

“For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

If there has ever been a time that I have judged another, I ask for forgiveness. Judging others is not my job and it is not Your Will for my life.  I pray that my heart continues to grow in love for others and to meet them where they are. I continue to pray that the eyes of my heart be opened to loving others no matter what they look like, where they come from, or what they’ve done in their life. Thank You Jesus for sharing Your Love with me and teaching me what it means to love unconditionally.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen


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Comments
  1. Nancy Lawhon says:

    Enjoyed reading this submission. The story is about my cousin’s experience. I wonder if you have her email address?

    • Christy says:

      Hello Nancy. Thank you for your comment. I don’t have your cousin’s email address, but she can subscribe on the home page and I can get it from there:)

      Christy

      • Chris says:

        this was my aunt’s experience. She is still friends with that hell’s angel rider even after so many years.

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