Linda Lowe believes Jesus is always watching over her. She just didn’t think his vantage point was from a slice of cheese toast.
Linda Lowe has a piece of cheese toast that appears to have an image of Jesus in the cheese. It’s been months, but a heavenly face is still visible in the bubbled and burned cheese, melted on top of a piece of loaf bread. The shoulder-length dark hair, faint halo and “sweet smile” looked all too familiar.
“I know there’s a lot of people who believe there’s some divine reason for it being there,” said Lowe, who lives on Lake Bowen. “I just don’t know, but I could never eat it.”
The cheese toast was made by Lowe’s boyfriend of almost three years, Dupree Gilbert, who also lives on the lake. While at his home one evening, not long before Christmas, Lowe mentioned she was hungry for a cheese toast snack. Both noticed the likeness right after it came out of the oven.
“It came out just exactly like that. I didn’t do anything special,” Gilbert said. “The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I don’t think there’s any magic to it. But it is a reminder that the Lord is with you every day of your life.”
Not wanting to eat the toast, Lowe preserved it in a plastic container covered with a paper plate. It’s been on her dresser since and has yet to show any sign of going bad. She’s since showed it to many friends, some who believe there’s something divine about the image, and some who don’t. The toast has become a popular topic of conversation among friends at her church, First Baptist North Spartanburg.
“I wouldn’t ever want to say I think it’s divine or anything about it is magical,” Lowe said. “It’s just an image. But when I do look at it, it does make me feel tearful. That there is a Jesus and he is real.”
Just in case it is a message, Lowe won’t be throwing the now stale cheese toast away anytime soon. She might sell it, or might just keep it in its plastic container as a strange, but daily reminder of her faith.