I have a strong Southern accent. Sometimes in my job, people who are not from the South, have a hard time understanding what I am saying. Even when they are standing right in front of me! I had a nice gentleman call into work today. He was asking to speak to my manager. He wanted to know what his name was. I told him & he said,
“His last name is Hawk?”
I laughed & thought, “Oh, here we go again.”
I corrected him & spelled out my boss’s last name.
The man said,
“I get you. I should have known that’s what you were saying. I speak Mississippi, too.”
When he said that, we both laughed & I was more at ease. Right then & there we had a connection. He automatically scored some points with me by being able to relate to me & my kind.
In the 2nd chapter of Acts there were some men that stood before a diverse group of folks. These men had the good news of Jesus to bring to them. However, first they had to win the crowd over. How in the world would they do that? Starting with verse 5:
6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” (NKJV)
Don’t you know the Lord already knew how receptive people would be to what was happening if they knew the disciples “got” them & who they were? I love feeling a part of something. I think they did, too. It’s just human nature to want to be included. When the crowd of people heard the disciples in their language, don’t you know they must have finally felt the message they were being brought were from qualified people that understood them? Oh yeah, you had the skeptics trying to throw a spoke in the wheel by saying they were drunk. (verse 13) Ain’t there always some of them everywhere you go? Thank goodness God’s plan was carried out flawlessly. After listening to that message, there were baptisms and sins forgiven and people saved in the number of about 3,000 souls! (verse 41) All because they felt like they were listening to people who they were in favor with. Don’t you know that made them feel good? Like chocolate gravy & biscuits good!
I am so glad you came by to visit with me today. The sun is shining on Northeast Mississippi right now. I am loving it! I hope you stop back by soon. As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.
If you are Southern, you will completely understand this comic & you will wonder is it supposed to be funny? Because, it seems like this guy is looking for wildlife to me.
photo credits: sweet southern prep, zazzle