Honk if you Love Jesus!
I recently read a story about a kind elderly lady who experienced the pure joys of Christian love upon making a public confession of Faith. "This lady, Emma,had gone into a local Christian bookstore and seen a "Honk If You Love Jesus" bumper sticker. Feeling particularly good that day because she had just attended a great choir practice and a prayer meeting, she bought the sticker and applied it to the back bumper of her car, professing her faith publicly. She recalled, "Boy, I'm glad I did ! What an uplifting experience followed!" She remembered stopping for a red light at a busy intersection on the way home from the bookstore. Lost in thought about the Lord and how good He had been to her, she did not notice when the light changed.
"It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus," she said " because if he hadn't honked, I'd never have noticed the green light!" She was gratified to note that lots more people loved Jesus because while she sat unmoving in the lane of traffic, the guy behind her also honked like crazy before leaning out of his window and screaming, "For the love of God! Go! Go! Jesus Christ, Go!" She remembered thinking, " What an exuberant cheerleader he is for the Lord!"
In unison everyone around her started honking. Impressed by such an epidemic of a response, she leaned out the window and waved and smiled at all these loving people, still parked at the intersection."I even honked my own horn a few times to share in the love! she recounted." "There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a "sunny beach"....I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle finger in the air. I asked my teenage grandson in the back seat what that meant, and he said it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something...."
Emma admitted that she had never met anyone from Hawaii before and so was unaware of their customs. "I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign right back," she said proudly.
A few people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards her. "I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but that was when I noticed that the light had changed. So I waved to all my loving brothers and sisters in Christ, grinned joyously, and drove on. I noticed that I was the only car that made it through the intersection before the light changed again and I felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared, so I slowed down, leaned out of the window, and gave them all the Hawaiian good-luck sign one last time before I sped away."
We may laugh at the womans' inability to recognize how our actions can impact others.
"You yourselves are our letters written on our hearts, known and read by everyone."
2 Corinthians 3:2
"You are the light of the world, a city on a hill cannot be hidden."
We are being watched, "So let your light shine before men, that they might see your good deeds and praise our Father in heaven."