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HAS ANYONE EVER ASKED YOU?


Opal Whetset is a Christian writer. One night she was on a Greyhound bus between Flagstaff, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was a cold February night and the bus stopped in a small Indian community. A young American Indian teenager boarded the bus and sat down behind her.


Maybe it was the warmth of the bus or the rocking motion but she could tell by his breathing he was soon asleep. Sometime later he woke and ran down the aisle to ask about a certain stop where he was supposed to get off. The driver snapped back and said, "We passed that stop a long time ago. Why didn't you get off then?"


The young man went back to his seat. She could tell he was anxious and upset. He got back up, walked back to the driver, and said, "Will you stop the bus and let me get off and walk back to where I was supposed to get off?"


The bus driver said, "No, it's too cold and it's too far. You'd freeze. You've got to ride the bus all the way into Albuquerque then catch another bus back to your stop."


The young man sat down in his seat behind Opal. She could tell he was upset. She turned around to this young man she never met before, and said, "Are you afraid? Is there anything I can do to help?"


He said, "I don't know what to do. I've never been to Albuquerque, and besides, I don't have any money. They're going to make me pay again. I don't know what to do."


She said, "Well listen, don't worry, you just stick with me. When we get to Albuquerque, I'll make sure you get on the right bus. And if they want to charge you, which they shouldn't do, I'll buy your ticket."


Then Opal went up and talked to the bus driver and explained the situation. She said, "Can you make sure the next bus he gets on, they don't charge him to take him back to where he needs to go?" The bus driver finally agreed.


Opal went back and sat down and turned to the young man behind her and said, "It's all taken care of. Don't you worry. Everything's going to be okay."


After riding for about ten minutes in total silence, Opal felt a tap on her shoulder. She turned around and the young man leaned forward, and asked her this question. He said, "Ma'am, are you a Christian?"


Has anybody ever asked you, "Are you a Christian?"


(From a sermon by Bob Joyce, Pay It Forward, 8/4/2011)

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