“I am not who you think I am.” That is what I said again this morning, while waving back at the friendly oncoming traffic. People have been waving at me like crazy, ever since we purchased this vehicle. At first, I thought nothing of it. But over these past several months, this waving has not let up. Each time I drive into town, people wave at me with kind smiles. I finally figured out that I am driving the same color, make, and model of vehicle as a wonderful lady in town. I don’t know her well, but am more and more aware of how nice she is (You just don’t have people waving like this if you are not.) I am continually being mistaken for that nice woman and now just wave back, not wanting anyone thinking ill of this woman.
This made me think about how often I am pretending to be something I am not. How often I am afraid to speak the Truth, namely about Jesus. I hide in a shell which looks much like that of others. I try to be nice. If people knew the truth about what is hidden inside, what would they think? It’s easy to get stuck in the expectations of others. Who doesn’t want to be noticed as the “nice lady”. I forget that I must speak the truth even when those around me may not receive it with open arms, friendly smiles, and waving hands.
“Lord, teach me today to reflect Your Truth and Light. May I be bold to proclaim Your Truth and Word.
May it not be for selfish reasons, but for Your glory.”
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.
(2 Corinthians 2:14-17)