Hi all, what do you think about the experience on page 4 of 2016.2 awake?
Maria, who is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, was publicly insulted by a prejudiced woman, who caused quite a commotion. But instead of retaliating, Maria calmly continued on her way. The other woman then felt bad about her behavior and sought out the Witnesses. About a month later, when she finally saw Maria again, ....
What are the odds for this woman to "seek" out the Witnesses specifically? Wouldn't she look for Maria only, and then still, would she look for her at all? What are the odds of meeting again anyway? And did she know that Maria was a JW? It says "Maria ... continued on her way" so it was not the literature stand situation for example. Maybe in field service, but that's not often a "public insult" kind of situation. More at someone's door. But then she wouldn't see Maria again one month later (or this territory has really high rate of turnover).
But after this it becomes even funny:
Moreover, she correctly discerned that Maria’s mildness and self-control reflected
her religious beliefs.
Would anyone really "correctly discern" that religious beliefs motivates such "self-control"?
The result? The once prejudiced woman and five members of her family decided to study the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
And of course, a new bible study. Is it really Bible wisdom that one shouldn't start shouting back when insulted? Keeping one's dignity is hardly biblical wisdom.
Or am I making more of this than it is?