Beth was sitting at an airport terminal,
waiting to board a plane. She was sitting
there with several other people who were
also waiting, whom she did not know.
As she waited, she pulled out her Bible
and started to read. All of a sudden
she felt as if the people sitting there
around her, were looking at her. She
looked up, but realized that they were
looking just over her head, in the
direction right behind her.
She turned to see what everyone was
looking at, and when she did, she saw
a stewardess pushing a wheelchair, with
the ugliest old man sitting in it. It was
the ugliest man she ever saw. She said
he had this long white hair that was all
tangled and such a mess. His face was
really wrinkled, and he didn't look
friendly at all.
She didn't know why, but she felt drawn
to the man, and thought at first that
God wanted her to witness to him. In her
mind she said she was thinking "Oh,
God, please not now, not here."
No matter what she did, she couldn't get
the man off her mind, and all of a sudden
she knew what God wanted her to do.
She was supposed to brush this man's hair.
She went and knelt down in front of the
old man, and said "Sir may I have the honor
of brushing your hair for you?" He said
"What?" She thought , "Oh great, he's
hard of hearing." Again, a little louder
she said "Sir, may I have the honor of
brushing your hair for you?" He answered,
"If you are going to talk to me, you are
going to have to speak up, I am
So this time, she was almost yelling, "Sir,
May I please have the honor of brushing
your hair for you?" Everyone was watching
to see what his response would be. The
old man just looked at her confused, and
said "Well, I guess if you really want too."
She said, "I don't even have a brush, but I
thought I would ask anyway." He said,
"Look in the bag hanging on the back of
my chair, there is a brush in there."
So she got the brush out and started
brushing his hair. (She has a little girl with
long hair, so she has lots of practice getting
tangles out, and knew how to be gentle
with him.) She worked for a long time,
until every last tangle was out.
Just as she was finishing up, she heard
the old man crying, and she went and put
her hands on his knees, kneeling in front of
him again looking directly into his eyes and
said "Sir, do you know Jesus?" He answered,
"Yes, of course I know Jesus. You see,
my bride told me she couldn't marry me
unless I knew Jesus, so I learned all
about Jesus, and asked Him to come
into my heart many years ago, before
I married my bride."
He continued, "You know, I am on my way
home to go and see my wife. I have
been in the hospital for a long time, and
had to have a special surgery in this town
far from my home. My wife couldn't
come with me, because she is so frail
herself. "He said, "I was so worried about
how terrible my hair looked, and I didn't
want her to see me looking so awful, but
I couldn't brush my hair, all by myself."
Tears were rolling down his cheeks, as he
thanked Beth for brushing his hair. He
thanked her over and over again. She
was crying, people all around witnessing
this were crying, and as they were all
boarding the plane, the stewardess,
who was also crying, stopped her, and
asked, "Why did you do that?" And right
there was the opportunity, the door that
had been opened to share with someone
else, the love of God.
"We don't always understand God's ways,
but be ready. He may use us to meet the
need of someone else, like He met the need
of this old man, and in a moment, also
calling out to a lost soul who needed to
know His love."