May 7, 2013 | 09:54 am
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Michael Bos

Confused in the Bus Terminal

On Friday evening I joined throngs of commuters and took a bus to New Jersey. It was my first time using the New Jersey Transit, and I was very confused! Did you know that there are over 300 gates? Once you get to your gate, you need to know your door number, which I did not know. And to complicate things further, not all of the buses on this line make all stops, so you need to know the schedule well to ensure you get on the correct bus.

When I arrived at my gate, a man must have seen my confused look and asked where I was going. I told him, and he directed me to the correct door. Honestly, I thought he had a “you moron” look in his eyes. When a bus arrived at the appointed time, I asked if it was my bus. He said, “It should be but it’s the wrong one.” As it turned out, this bus would end one stop short of what I needed.

The man approached the driver and explained to him that they have the wrong bus here. The driver didn’t seem to care, nor would he call for a manager. The man then saw someone in a uniform walking in the terminal and shouts, “Hey, over here!” Luckily, it was a manager and he instructed the driver to extend his route and go to the final stop—my stop!

The entire time my assumption was that he and I were getting off at the same stop. To my surprise, this man actually was one of the early stops. He had intervened on my behalf to ensure I arrived at my destination. He didn’t know me. We hadn’t engaged in any chitchat.  He did it so some stranger could find their way.

Why do I share this? Because the Bible teaches us not only to look to our interests, but also to the interest of others (Philippians 2:4). I realized on my little journey how powerful this can be.