The Awkward Witness

The jokes coming from the restaurant workers made it awkward for the canvassers to approach any potential customers with their books. The fun the workers were having at the obvious “outsiders'” expense grew as one joke was followed by a better joke, until the commotion brought out the manager. He was not amused. “What’s going on?”

The workers kept snickering, apparently unfazed by their boss’s presence. One of the canvassers quietly handed the boss a health book. “Please God, stop them from laughing at us and show them that this work is good,” one of the canvassers prayed as the manager inspected it. Even though the distraction continued, one of the canvassers proceeded with a presentation as the manager listened patiently to everything he had to say. Then, with hardly an expression, the boss nodded, reached for his wallet, and slowly counted out the bills for a full set of books. The room fell silent. God has many ways for confirming that His work is a good work. He cannot be shamed.