Mistaken Identities

Often things are not what they appear. It’s simply funny when people make blunders in identifying people or situations.

Recently, I led a ladies’ retreat/conference for the ladies of Bethany Baptist Church, Horton, Alabama, in Orange Beach. The only male among our twenty-two ladies was our bus driver. On our first night there, we were eating at a nice seafood restaurant when a man tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Pardon me, but could I ask you a question? Are y’all Mormons?”

“No,” I answered, “We are Baptist. Why do you ask?”

“Oh, I saw one man with all these women and thought all of you might be his wives.” That began our laughter for our time there.

That scenario reminded me of a time when my husband Steve and I were traveling. We had stopped at a fast food restaurant for lunch. I said, “I think I will go to the restroom before we get back on the road.” When I returned to our booth, I leaned down to his ear (his back was to me) and asked, “Hon, don’t you need to go to the restroom before we go?” When a startled stranger turned around, I realized Steve had already gone to the car, and our booth had been filled by someone else. I left immediately without saying another word.

Such identity confusion happened even in Jesus’ day. Confusion about who Jesus was filled the minds of many while He was here on this earth. He even questioned his disciples about who people thought he was.

Mark 8: 27 – 29 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?  And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.  And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

When we reflect on our earthly fathers, most of us can identify their voices and their appearance, but even more important than that, we need to be certain that we know our Heavenly Father and His voice when He speaks to us.

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