I Am Not Who You Think I Am

Judson Tower, Green Lake Conference Center

Judson Tower, Green Lake Conference Center

“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.

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“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.”

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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)

About Heidi Viars

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth ...” ― C.S. Lewis ..... In my pursuit of self, I found utter darkness. In my pursuit of truth, I found Jesus, who dispelled the darkness by His forgiveness. Now I follow Him and try to understand Him better. I am a wife, mother of 6, blogger and love taking photographs of sunrises.
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14 Responses to I Am Not Who You Think I Am

  1. On the other hand … “let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Isn’t our calling to be the image of Christ (in accordance with Romans 8:29)? Wouldn’t it be great if people wave at each of us because they see Jesus and are waving at Him? Wouldn’t it be great if the Jesus they see in each of us is so appealing that they can’t help but wave in delight?

  2. Well, this was funny…however, I’m not 100% convinced that they’re not waving at you, Heidi!

  3. Heidi, you are so sweet to wave so that others will not think the other friendly lady is snubbing them. 🙂 I’d say that your town is blessed with two warm and wonderful women who drive the same car! You made me smile and chuckle!

    The crushed flower aroma has always intrigued me in that the same fragrance means two different things…may we emit this perfume regardless of the interpretation.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    • Heidi Viars says:

      Thanks, Wendy … I am afraid I am not doing her justice (especially after sitting on the side of the road with the police having lit me up for speeding) … poor woman … I have to get me a big sign for the top of my car, reading “I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM!” … I think that might clear things up 🙂
      Thanks so much for your always kind comments … blessings to you, sister!

  4. Ben Kilen says:

    All week ive been asking myself who others are, asking to see in the spirit rather than the natural reactions, when road rage wants to come out ive been lead to start praying for my rage victim instewd

    • Heidi Viars says:

      I think that is really great thing to do … asking God to help us see others the way He sees them …Thanks, Ben, for that great encouragement … blessings to you!

  5. Debbie says:

    This really struck a cord with me, Heidi . .thank you! I just read this morning, ‘remove from me the way of lying’ Ps. 119:29 and it made me think of ways that I might ‘lie’ without even realizing it. God bless you and the special gift He’s given you, to bring us the truth!

    • Heidi Viars says:

      thank you, Debbie! Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit keeps reminding us. May we be always quick to respond to Him and His convictions. God is kind and patient with us on the road to holiness. Aren’t you glad? … love and blessings your way

  6. Thank God for His word which always guides us to the Truth – blessing to you

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