PECULIAR PILOT – I

By: Ely Lagajino

Therefore, let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. Romans 14:13 (NIV)

As a Literature Evangelist (LE) I experienced God’s extraordinary blessings when working on holidays, or special occasions.   

I was certain God would bless our missionary work that day. It was my birthday, but I kept it secret to my LE leader Edmund Jusay who decided to come along with me. Surprisingly our leader had his own secret strategy. He told me to set a goal only in my mind. A goal of ten thousand pesos was big during the late 70s.

We sold books in the building near the airport, occupied by pilots, most of them about to retire but stayed on lockdown because of injuries. When we offered them our books, the pilots asked how much, signed the receipts, and went back to their moves, they usually played Chess.

Our customers secretly warned us to ignore the pilot who kept following us; said he was crazy. He followed us everywhere, yes, and the restroom too.  When we decided to leave, he stood and stretched his arms between the exit doorposts; we couldn’t get out.  He stood taller and more muscular than everyone.  This peculiar pilot appeared dangerous.  So, I opened my “James Bond” attaché case, took the Modern Guide to Health- a very heavy book, and handed it to my leader as I whispered, “sir for self-defense”. But our leader was smarter than I thought.

He opened the book and boldly canvassed the ponderous pilot, “This is an effective health defense book for you and your family”.

The pilot turned around and said, “I’ve been following you since you came in but you kept snubbing me”. Then he walked back to his office as we became the followers, instead. Everyone stared at the three of us striding in a single file around the office in circles, as we ignored the warning gestures of other pilots.

At last, the peculiar pilot got tired of circling and sat on his table and said, “Show me your books, and I will order.”

The Bible is right when it says, “Don’t judge.”

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