A Striking Resemblance

   Our oldest son, Zach, is traveling with Ron on this trip to Uganda.  This trip has been very interesting so far.  It began with a delay in Brussels due to snow, arriving a day late, and not getting much sleep.

Our son, Zach

    Zach turned 20 this past December and is a wonderful, tender-hearted young man who enjoys having his hair long.  He stands at around 6′1″ and with his long hair and beard makes quite a statement.  I told Ron, before he left, that I want to know the reaction of the Africans to this tall blonde-haired young man.  As the days have gone by, I have had many other people ask the same question, “What did they think of Zach and his hair?” Last Thursday, as Ron called, I was able to ask that question.  Ron’s reply was very fun. He said the first response was from Pastor Alfred, one of Ron’s interpreters.  Pastor Alfred turned to Ron and said,”Your firstborn bears a striking resemblance to Jesus.” What a beautiful statement.  

   This thought also struck me, “Do I bear a striking resemblance to Jesus?”  When people meet me do they smell the fragrance of my time with Jesus?  Do they hear His words as I speak?  Does my countenance shine with the joy of being His?

   Paul stated it this way in 2 Corinthians 2:15,

For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

    I long for that to be the truth.  That when people are around me they notice the fragrance and resemblence of Jesus.

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