You meet very interesting people in airplane seats.
I heard one of our directors say that each morning he picks up a New
Testament or a Jesus Film DVD and prays for it’s new owner. Then
throughout the day, he looks for the new owner that he should give it
to. Who is a divine appointment that God has prepared to receive this
I thought, hey, that’s a good idea for airplane seatmates. Since I find
myself in an airplane seat frequently, I’ve begun to pray for the person
who will be seated next to me. I pray that God will give us a good
discussion that brings glory to him.
Last week, my seatmate was a Christian from Egypt. He’s been in the U.S.
for 30 years, but comes from a Egyptian Coptic Christian background.
Knowing that he might be a cultural Christian and not a born-again
Christian, we had a very good discussion. I left him with a booklet that
he could explore more fully what it means to be a true Christian.
On my return flight, my seatmate was an attorney from Pensacola. He was
reading Philip Yancey’s Rumors of Another World. That was a great clue.
I was more direct and asked him if he was ready for another world if the
plane didn’t make it to our destination. Yes, he was ready. His eternity
was secure, his walk is alive. We talked for the rest of the flight.
He’s a great brother in the Lord and has been involved in representing
some believers in a difficult situation.
I’m not always bold and brave. Sometimes I wimp out. But sometimes, I
have amazing, exciting conversations.
Yes, airplane seats are very interesting. I wonder if Delta realizes
that their ticketing system is creating divine appointments? When I get
off a plane, I want to make sure that the occupant of the assigned
seating next to me knows someone who truly follows Jesus (me!).