Talk to the Hand!


I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, I searched to find its origin. Wikipedia:” Talk to the hand” (or “tell it to the hand”) is an English Language slang phrase associated with the 1990s. It originated as a contemptuous way of saying one doesn’t want to hear what the person who is speaking is saying. It is often elongated to a phrase such as “Talk to the hand, because the ears ain’t listening”. A variant is “talk to the hand because the face don’t understand!”  The article goes on to say, “The phrase is often considered to be sarcastic or obnoxious.” The saying took on a very personal meaning today and I did find the user too pushy and obnoxious for me! I don’t like confrontation and will stay away from it that is until I feel pushed in a corner and then you might see a little fire in my eyes. I was in the office of a professional today and I will be evasive, as I don’t want to get myself in trouble, yes I said that quit laughing. This person addressed the issue very briefly and then said, “I know all about that, now let’s talk about something more important” at which time he set in to discuss the faults with Christianity as opposed to the wonderful Muslim faith.  I kept a smile on my face as I reminded him of all the blood shed that was going on the very name of that religion, all the Christians who are being slaughtered right now because of their faith. I told him of how my father’s ancestors were slain because they wouldn’t give up the faith that Jesus is the Son of God and claim their own prophet. It was when I said the name of Jesus the hand first went up, long, tapered fingers shaking a stop signal. He persisted in trying to indoctrinate my sister and me and refused to listen to us. I could see in his eyes that he is a confused soul, maybe he was seeking, then I spoke, “Wait a minute, let me speak” hand lowered momentarily, I continued talking before he had a chance to stop me again, “If Jesus appeared to you personally, would you accept Him?” Without hesitation he said, “No, I would not!” At this point I wondered why we were still sitting there; was he hoping to push our buttons until we got angry thus proving our Christianity had failed? My sister told him that it was obvious he did not want to hear us by holding up his hand every time we mentioned Jesus. He said it was purely coincidence, that was almost laughable to hear. What ever happens to him now he had the chance to meet Jesus as we presented Him and chose to reject any idea of Him. Was it wasted time? I think not. Any time you have the opportunity to witness you must use it with the love that Jesus would show to a sinner. What made it so easy for us to speak up about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost? It is because we know them personally. I would love to have told him about a good friend of mine, a devout Muslim who somehow reached God’s heart and Jesus appeared to her in a vision, her life forever changed, she is a most devout worshipper of Jesus as the Son of God and can witness to anyone because she knows Him personally, as do I. As we stood to leave finally freeing ourselves from his frenzied attempts to convince us, he said, “How often have you been coming?” “Three months,” I answered, he thought a moment and said “Please come back in one month, no longer than one month” with that he walked into another exam room and I wondered if he wanted us to come back sooner because he wanted to try again or if we had somehow gotten to his heart and he might want to hear more!? Only time will tell. If you want to talk against my Jesus I will hold my appendage up and say to you “Talk to the hand, my face isn’t listening!”

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