The man was having a cup
of Oolong tea with a friend
in a popular coffee shop when
a fellow passed, stopped, back-
ed up and identified the man in
a question. “I am,” the man said.
“I was in your class.” “That was
twenty-one years ago,” the man
said. “I remember how in your
pain and suffering you allowed
yourself to be vulnerable,” the
fellow said. “It was a tough time,”
the man said. The fellow went on,
“You let God into your pain; we
were the beneficiaries.” At that
time so long ago, the man hadn’t
known if he would survive and
now a fellow stood before him
and simply said, “Thank you.”
The man’s friend said, “The
Lord works in mysterious ways.
In ministry, you just never know.
Congratulations. Nice work.” In
gratitude, the man silently sipped
his Oolong not even noticing that
the tea had grown cold.