You know, I bet that the majority of us probably have a friend or two that we've never physically seen. Maybe we correspond by letters, email, or phone conversations, but we haven't ever seen their face - if they walked right past us, we'd probably never recognize them. Sometimes, though, we occasionally see someone we've never met before and a little thought races quickly across our mind, "What if that was so-and-so?" Reality bullies the poor little thought down, and we smile and shake our heads at ourselves, but something causes us to treat them just a little bit nicer - almost as if they were that particular person.
Come to think of it, though, what if that person were an angel? Hebrews 13:2 says to treat strangers hospitably - some have housed angels without knowing it. An awesome messenger of God, come to earth to encourage, instruct, build up someone's crumbling faith... who knows? Makes you almost feel ashamed for the occasional unkind word or snide glance. Or the many times you simply looked the other way to gently discourage them from starting up a conversation with you, merely because of the way they might appear (I know we've all done that).
Thinking that just maybe, maybe, he or she might be sent from God makes you want to give them an extra smile or something, doesn't it? We can even take that a little bit further, though.
What if they were Jesus?
Now there's a scary thought.