Beth was sitting at an airport terminal waiting to
board a plane. She was sitting there with several
other people whom she did not know who were also
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 flight attendant
pushing a wheelchair with the ugliest old man
sitting in it. It was the ugliest man she ever
saw. 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 practically deaf."
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 re-
sponse 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. 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
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 flight attendant who was
also crying, stopped her and asked, "Why did you
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."