Explore God is happening. In our first Sunday preparing, we talked about what it meant for us to be willing to have conversations about God. If you didn’t see the sermon from Will Davis, Jr., you can watch it here. Sunday afternoon, a close friend of mine called and told me his godfather, Dr. Milton Cunningham, had passed away the day before. My friend shared a story with me he had just heard about Milton Cunningham that happened several years ago. This story is a great illustration of how God can work through our conversations. Milton Cunningham boarded a flight, sitting next to a sweet, curious young lady with Down Syndrome. The passenger on the other side of the young lady was a businessman. They all sat down, minding their own business, until the young lady started a conversation.
She broke the silence by asking Milton, “Do you brush your teeth?” Her question was loud enough to be heard by the traveling businessman in their row, but only Milton responded. He looked at her, smiled and said, “Why, yes, I brush my teeth.” After a few minutes, she looked at Milton and asked, “Will you ask him (referring to the businessman next to her) if he brushes his teeth?” Milton smiled at her, then looked at the other man and said, “Excuse me sir, the young lady would like to know if you brush your teeth.” With a slight air of being bothered, the businessman replied, “Yes, I brush my teeth.”
Another 10-15 minutes went by, then the young lady broke the silence again by asking Milton, “Do you smoke?” Milton looked up and said, “No ma’am, I never have smoked.” She smiled, satisfied. Then after a few minutes, she looked to Milton and asked, “Would you ask him if he smokes?” Again, Milton said he would. He looked to the businessman and asked, “Excuse me again, sir, but the young lady would like to know if you are a smoker.” The man looked at Milton, then her and responded, “Years ago I smoked, but I haven’t smoked in years, so no, I am not a smoker.”
At this point, Milton and the businessman expected another question or two to come from the young lady. She didn’t disappoint, looking to Milton after a few minutes of silence. Her question, though, came out of the blue. She asked Milton, “Do you know Jesus?” Milton though shocked by the question, broke out into a big grin and said, “Yes, yes I do. I know Jesus!” They both smiled at each other, pleased with the question and the answer. Then, as expected and oblivious to the tension her question might cause, she looked to Milton to see if he would ask their traveling companion if he, too, knew Jesus. To Milton’s surprise, when he looked at the man to ask if he knew Jesus, the man had a tear rolling down his cheek and he offered without being asked, “I have been waiting a long time for someone to ask me that question.” Over the rest of their flight, Milton explained what it meant to come to faith in Christ and the businessman met Jesus that day, on that flight, in response to one young lady.
Being willing to have a conversation about God could lead anywhere. God is able and willing to use any of us. He loved the businessman so much, that He sent a very unassuming young lady and a willing follower of His, to meet that man in the most unlikely of circumstances. I know Jesus wants to introduce Himself to more people, all around us. If we will only be willing, we will have the opportunity to be a part of some wonderful, life-changing experiences. Let’s pray for conversations about God, with people around us.
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15 NLT)