The German Lady's Verse


"I am so tired. I've been traveling from Germany," the lady beside me on the airplane said wearily. I learned she was traveling to Kansas City to see her brother who had had back surgery.

I wondered how I could introduce Jesus into our conversation, so I asked about the religion in Germany and what religion she was. I couldn't understand what she said, but she mentioned loving to hear her church bells, so I assumed she was a lady of faith. She spoke with great concern about her brother who does not attend church.

If only I could give her a Bible verse, I thought. I often carry my Bible with me on the plane, but this time I had put it in the suitcase. Then I remembered that on my phone I have an app that gives random Bible verses.

I began looking at it and praying as I clicked to find a verse that I thought would be helpful to my new friend. Not finding any that seemed just right, I showed her what happened to be the next verse:

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me''' (John 14:6).

Immediately she began to repeatedly exclaim in her broken English, "Oh, that was my verse when I was 15 at my celebration." It was the verse given to her at her confirmation and was a life verse for her.

Thank You, Jesus, for loving that precious lady so much that You had just the right Word for her.

"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!" (Romans 11:33).