A Beautiful Soul
A Beautiful Soul
One hot summer evening as Jane was making dinner for her two young children, somebody knocked at her door. When she opened the door she had a huge shock. A frail old man with a terribly distorted swollen face stood there.
He told Jane that he needed somewhere to stay as he had been looking for a place all day and everyone had turned him away. He knew it was his appearance that had put people off. Jane felt terrible and told him she would make some arrangement for him in her living room, as she had a very small apartment with one bedroom which she shared with her two young children. The man told her he was very happy to sleep on the chair on the terrace as it was a very pleasant evening.
Jane gave the old man some blankets and asked if he would like to join her for dinner. The man politely refused and told her that he had already eaten at the hospital down the road where he was receiving treatment for his face.
He told Jane about himself and his family. He was a tailor and he had one widowed daughter who was unwell and he helped support her and her son. He thanked God that he was in a position to help support his daughter and grandson as they were the light of his life. A small smile from them made his world a brighter place.
In the morning before leaving he asked Jane if when he came again for treatment could he stay on her terrace again. He told her that she and her children had really made him welcome and they had not been put off by his appearance. Jane smiled and told him he was more than welcome to come any time.
On his next trip he arrived early in the morning. As a gift, he brought beautiful clothes for Jane and the children. Jane was so touched she knew that he had made them himself.
Following this visit, the old man didn’t come again but almost every month he sent gifts for the children and Jane. He never forgot the love Jane and the children had shown him in his time of need.
About 15 years later, Jane was visiting a friend who had a greenhouse, she showed Jane her flowers, they came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to Jane’s great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket. Jane thought to herself, “If this were my plant, I’d put it in the loveliest container I had!”
Jane asked her friend why she had not put this gorgeous flower in a beautiful container. Her friend explained, “I ran short of pots and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn’t mind starting out in this old pail. It’s just for a little while, till I can put it out in the garden.”
Her friends words made Jane feel a huge warmth in her heart and she laughed out with delight. She remembered the kind old man and she imagined what God must have thought when he made him, “Here’s an especially beautiful soul, he won’t mind starting in this distorted body.” Just as her friend had thought about the beautiful flower in the dented pot.
Jane thought about the old man now in God’s garden, how tall his lovely soul must be standing.
Sadly so many of us judge people by how they look, when we need to look deeper into a person’s soul and stop discarding them because of their appearances.
I hope you have enjoyed the story.