I glanced happily at the empty seat next to me on the plane.
I was tired, it was 11:30pm, and I was getting on an international flight. I was looking forward to at least attempting to get some sleep. With my height, that is wishful thinking, but not having a neighbour increased the odds marginally.
Just before the doors closed, Su sat down next to me. I was initially disappointed, but within an hour, conversation had started that quickly moved to spiritual topics. She was very spiritually aware, but bad experiences of institutional Christianity pushed her to seek answers elsewhere. About to graduate from university, she was also worrying about what to do in the next season of her life.
I asked if I could share the basic story the Bible tells (Resource video: The Basic Story the Bible Tells). The idea of an actual relationship with God was completely new to her, and led to us doing a Discovery Bible Study on Mark 1:14-20. At the end of it, she said she felt God was challenging her to ‘put down her nets’ – stop being anxious about career – and ‘follow Jesus’ – concentrate on exploring relationship with Him.
Su could have been from anywhere in Singapore, but just happens to live in our area. We are planning to meet up with her soon.