A juggler, driving to his next performance, is stopped by a traffic cop. “What are these matches and lighter fluid doing in your car?” asks the officer. Was he a potential arsonist, thought the officer or, even worse, a terrorist?
“I’m a juggler,” the driver answered, “and I juggle flaming torches in my act.” “Oh yeah?” says the doubtful cop. “Let’s see you do it.” The juggler gets out and starts juggling the blazing torches masterfully.
A couple driving by slow down to watch. “Wow,” says the driver to his wife. “I’m glad I quit drinking. Look at the test they’re giving now!”
Things aren’t always what they seem at first glance, are they? The truth is, often we make snap judgements. Sometimes we believe we know someone by the way they are dressed, or by the color of their skin, or by the car they drive.
In 1 Samuel, chapter 16, God says to Samuel, “…the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
When we take the time to look beyond outward appearances and get to know a person’s heart, we find that there is so much more to that person than we initially thought.
Quaker theology leads them to believe that there is God dwelling in each and every person. That’s good theology.
Today, let us take the time to look for God in each and every person we meet.
Let us pray: Loving God, You created each of us in your own image, and you call your creation “very good.” Help us to honor that image in ourselves and in others. Guard us from being judgmental. Give us open hearts that we might show forth your love and grace. Amen.