Do not judge a book by its cover

October 3, 2013

Do not judge a book by its cover

We live in a very superficial society. It is very easy to fall into the trap of looking only at the surface of people, things, and ideas without taking the time and effort to delve deeper into them. The reality is, things and people are not always as they appear.

Do not judge a book by its cover

Dodie Gadient, a schoolteacher for thirteen years, decided to travel across America and see the sights she had taught about. Traveling alone in a truck with camper in tow, she launched out. One afternoon rounding a curve on I-5 near Sacramento in rush-hour traffic, a water pump blew on her truck. She was tired, exasperated, scared, and alone. In spite of the traffic jam she caused, no one seemed interested in helping.

Leaning up against the trailer, she prayed, “Please God, send me an angel … preferably one with mechanical experience.” Within four minutes, a huge Harley drove up, ridden by an enormous man sporting long, black hair, a beard and tattooed arms. With an incredible air of confidence, he jumped off and, without even glancing at Dodie, went to work on the truck. Within another few minutes, he flagged down a larger truck, attached a tow chain to the frame of the disabled Chevy, and whisked the whole 56-foot rig off the freeway onto a side street, where he calmly continued to work on the water pump.

The intimidated schoolteacher was too dumbfounded to talk. Especially when she read the paralyzing words on the back of his leather jacket: “Hell’s Angels—California.” As he finished the task, she finally got up the courage to say, “Thanks so much,” and carry on a brief conversation. Noticing her surprise at the whole ordeal, he looked her straight in the eye and mumbled, “Do not judge a book by its cover. You may not know who you’re talking to.” With that, he smiled, closed the hood of the truck, and straddled his Harley. With a wave, he was gone as fast as he had appeared.

Do not judge a book by its cover

Have you been guilty of judging a book by its cover?

Kevin Martineau

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I am the Pastor at Port Hardy Baptist Church on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I am married to my best friend and I have three beautiful daughters.

3 responses to Do not judge a book by its cover

  1. Never but never judge a book by it’s cover. it seems that people are so shallow these days and they only judge based on the appearance, while there is more to everything and everyone than just the first impression and what seems to be the obvious. People should really take time to really get to know someone or something before they can judge. Better yet. Do not judge at all but accept everything you like and ignore the rest. Cheers!

  2. Aren’t we all guilty of “judging books by their covers”? Thank you for this wonderful story — it’s a good reminder that angels don’t always come in white robes and beautiful wings. In fact, there’s an angel in each one of us so it only pays to be nice to everyone!