This is what I get for judging!
On our bus most mornings when I go into the office there are just working class people, who look like working class people. Sometimes, we have students on the bus with their school uniforms. Everyone is quiet and orderly. There is very little talking. Some people read, listen to music or sleep on our usual 30 minute commute to work.
But, this morning a young man with dreads, homemade tattoos and a big bag of sunflower seeds got on the bus. He had baggy jeans and I knew if he pulled up his shirt I would see his underwear. I thought, “Really?! Where could this thug possibly be going this early in the morning looking like he just got out of jail?”
He got on the bus with his friend. Neither of them paid because the bus driver had stepped off the bus. They both took up both sides of the seats they set in and they began to talk. The young man with the dreads said, “We have a mid-term today. I should do pretty good. I’m ready.” I thought, “He’s in school?! Really.” He went on to talk about his court date and that it might to go trial. He told his friend, “I know I done wrong man, but I was trying to take care of Mom and her little daughter. Ya know, it’s hard out here. Just tryin’ to take care of mine.”
As we continued to travel, the bus began to fill up and no one was seating next to him. A young lady got on the bus and tried to sit between two ample sized women, but she couldn’t fit. The young man asked if she wanted to sit next to him. She said no because she had too many bags. The young man picked up the bags and made room for her on the seat. After a while, he got up placed some of her bags on his seat and he stood for the rest of the trip. He danced and sang quietly. He seemed to enjoy the trip more than anyone else on the bus.
I judged this young man by his looks. I’m so glad that God judges us all by our hearts.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12