Posted by: vmbhonde | एप्रिल 10, 2010

You Reap What You Sow

You Reap What You Sow 

The man slowly looked up.  This was a woman clearly accustomed to the  finer things of life.  Her coat was new. She looked like she had never  missed a meal in her life.  His first thought was that she wanted to  make fun of him, like so many others had done before.
“Leave me alone,” he growled…  To his amazement, the woman continued  standing.  She was smiling — her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows.
 “Are you hungry?” she asked.
 “No,” he answered sarcastically. “I’ve just come from dining with the  president…. Now go away.”
The woman’s smile became even broader.
 Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm…  “What are you doing, lady?” the man asked angrily. “I said to leave me alone..
 Just then a policeman came up.  “Is there any problem, ma’am?” he asked..
  “No problem here, officer,” the woman answered.  “I’m just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?”
  The officer scratched his head.  “That’s old Jack. He’s been a fixture  around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?”
  “See that cafeteria over there?” she asked. “I’m going to get him
  something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile.”
  “Are you crazy, lady?” the homeless man resisted. “I don’t want to go
  in there!”  Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him  up.
  “Let me go, officer. I didn’t do anything…”
  “This is a good deal for you, Jack,” the officer answered. “Don’t blow  it.”
  Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer
  got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner.
  It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had
  already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived.
The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table.
  “What’s going on here, officer?” he asked.” What is all this, is this
 man in trouble?”
  “This lady brought this man in here to be fed,” the policeman answered.   
  “Not in here!” the manager replied angrily. “Having a person like that
  here is bad for business.”
  Old Jack smiled a toothless grin.  “See, lady. I told you so. Now if
  you’ll let me go. I didn’t want to come here in the first place”
  The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled.  “Sir, are you
  familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?”
  “Of course I am,” the manager answered impatiently. “They hold their
  weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms.”
  “And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these
  weekly meetings?”
  “What business is that of yours?”
  I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company.”
  The woman smiled again..  “I thought that might make a difference.”
  She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a laugh.  “Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?”
  “No thanks, ma’am,” the officer replied. “I’m on duty.”
  “Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?”
  “Yes, ma’am. That would be very nice.”
  The cafeteria manager turned on his heel.  “I’ll get your coffee for
  you right away, officer.”
  The officer watched him walk away.  “You certainly put him in his  place,” he said.
  “That was not my intent…  Believe it or not, I have a reason for all  this.”
  She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest.  She  stared at him intently.
  “Jack, do you remember me?”
Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes.  “I think so –  I mean you do look familiar.”
  “I’m a little older perhaps,” she said.  “Maybe I’ve even filled out
  more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through
  that very door, cold and hungry.”
  “Ma’am?” the officer said questioningly.  He couldn’t believe that
  such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.
 “I was just out of college,” the woman began.  “I had come to the city
  looking for a job, but I couldn’t find anything.  Finally I was down
  to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment..  I
  walked the streets for days.  It was February and I was cold and
  nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that
  I could get something to eat.”
  Jack lit up with a smile.  “Now I remember,” he said.  “I was behind
  the serving counter.  You came up and asked me if you could work for
  something to eat.  I said that it was against company policy.”
  “I know,” the woman continued.  “Then you made me the biggest roast
  beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told
  me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it.  I was afraid that you
  would get into trouble.  Then, when I looked over and saw you put the
  price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything  would be all right.”
  “So you started your own business?” Old Jack said.
  “I got a job that very afternoon.  I worked my way up.  Eventually I
  started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.”  She
  opened her purse and pulled out a business card. “When you are
  finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons. He’s the
  personnel director of my company.  I’ll go talk to him now and I’m
  certain he’ll find something for you to do around the office.”
  She smiled.  “I think he might even find the funds to give you a
  little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to
  live until you get on your feet.  If you ever need anything, my door  is always open to you.”
  There were tears in the old man’s eyes.  “How can I ever thank you?”
he asked…”Don’t thank me,” the woman answered.  “To God goes the glory.  He led
  me to you.”
  Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the
  entrance before going their separate ways.  “Thank you for all your
  help, officer,” she said.
  “On the contrary, Ms. Eddy,” he answered.  “Thank you. I saw a miracle
  today, something that I will never forget.  And.. thank you for the coffee.”
  Have a Wonderful Day. May God Bless You Always and don’t forget that
  when you “cast your bread upon the waters,” you never know how it will
  be returned to you.  God is so big He can cover the whole world with
  his Love and so small He can curl up inside your heart.
 When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go.    Only 1 of 2 things will happen, either He’ll catch you when you fall,
  or He’ll teach you how to fly!
  God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can close..


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