He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes
in it, jeans, and no shoes. This was literally his
wardrobe for his entire four years of college.
He is brilliant. Kind of profound and very, very bright.
He became a Christian while attending college.
Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed,
very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry
to the students but are not sure how to go about it.
One day Tim decides to go there. He walks in
with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair.
The service has already started, and so Tim
starts down the aisle looking for a seat.
The church is completely packed and he can’t
find a seat. By now, people are really looking
a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything.
Tim gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit,
and when he realizes there are no seats,
he just squats down right on the carpet.
By now the people are really uptight,
and the tension in the air is thick.
About this time, the minister realizes
that from way at the back of the church,
a deacon is slowly making his way toward Tim.
Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair,
and a three-piece suit. A godly man, very elegant, very
dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and, as he starts
walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves
that you can’t blame him for what he’s going to do.
How can you expect a man of his age and of his
background to understand some college kid on the floor?
It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy.
The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the
man’s cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can’t even
hear anyone breathing. The minister can’t even preach
the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do.
And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor.
With great difficulty, he lowers himself and sits down next
to Tim and worships with him so he won’t be alone.
Everyone chokes up with emotion.
When the minister gains control, he says,
What I am about to preach, you will never remember.
What you have just seen, you will never forget.