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Would I Know Him?
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Years ago Christian contemporary singer Wayne Watson wrote a song called, “Would I Know You Now.” In that song he contemplates whether he’d know Christ if he saw Him. Would he recognize Him? Would he bow in acknowledgement?

Perhaps it’s a silly question, but it caused me to pause and ponder that very thing. Many times we’re so inwardly focused and suffering from tunnel vision that we miss important moments and don’t even know it.

A man wearing blue jeans and a baseball cap stood playing his violin in a train station one frosty January morning in 2007. With his violin case open in front of him, he played for about an hour.

During the hour, he performed six Bach pieces while 1,097 people passed by. Seven people stopped to briefly listen with one who recognized him, and only 27 that tossed money totaling $32.17 into his case. One of the pieces he played is considered one of the most complicated and intricate violin pieces written, mastered by few since Bach composed it. Yet, there was no applause and no recognition for the violinist’s amazing achievement or his fine instrument.

Little Did the Onlookers Know

Little did the onlookers know, one of the world’s greatest violinists, Joshua Bell, had recently performed at a sold out concert in Boston Symphony Hall where “fairly good seats went for $100.” This virtuoso serenaded the morning commuters with his $3.5 million 1713 Stradivarius violin. The Washington Post staged Joshua Bell’s incognito performance “as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.” [1]

The onlookers remained unaware of the master in their presence – they did not know him.

Gene Weingarten would write, “If we can't take the time out of our lives to stay a moment and listen to one of the best musicians on Earth play some of the best music ever written; if the surge of modern life so overpowers us that we are deaf and blind to something like that – then what else are we missing?” (ibid).
Matthew 25 gives us a parable about 10 virgins who went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of the virgins were wise, did not get distracted, and instead prepared for the bridegroom; while five were foolish and became distracted, did not prepare and fell asleep. As a result, when the bridegroom came, only the five wise virgins were able to leave with him for the wedding.

There’s an old adage calling us to “Stop and Smell the Roses.” Our lives are so busy we often fail to spend time with Christ. But when we slow down and become acquainted with Him, we will not have to ask would we know Jesus if we saw Him today?

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[1] Washington Post

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