I had an interesting experience today. I was at the gym working out with my trainer. I looked up, and there was a guy standing by the punching bag. He began to dance, evidently the music was in his head. He had a long flowing robe mixed with a karate outfit and sandals. But there’s more, he had long curly hair, which completely covered him. I couldn’t figure out how he could see with hair completely covering his face.
I’m embarrassed to tell you I wasn’t very happy with the boy. He was getting in the way of my workout, and I didn’t want to be bothered. But then we started to talk. He pulled his hair back and I could see most of his face. I promise you, I’m not making this up. The boy looked just like Fulton. I’d never seen anything quite like it. All of a sudden, I liked the boy a lot. He was homeless but clean, and really a nice boy.
I’ve been asking myself all day, why did my attitude change so quickly? Because he so reminded me of Fulton, and Fulton is my son. He even sounded like him. After working out, my trainer took off to get some money to help him out and we left. It got me thinking, here was this kid, dressed crazy, but I liked him. This got me thinking about the Lord.
I wonder how we look to him. Even if we look very strange, he still loves us! After all, everyone’s somebody’s son or daughter. God doesn’t look down on us because we look strange. He loves us just because. I wish I had taken more time with that boy. He reminded me how special my son is. It was a strange experience I’ll never forget.
“The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b