As per usual, there was soon a small throng of people around the airplane, some of them friends I've known for a very long time. We were chatting about how bad weather for a pilot is a bit like the warnings God has communicated to us in His Word: for your own good and safety, don't cross that line...it leads to disaster.
After a while a church leader approached me and said, "There's a guy here who is actually from Bime, but he's lost. He's been wandering in the jungle like an animal for months and nearly drowned in the river the other day. He doesn't have a mind. He's not really like a human anymore. He has no family here, they are all in Bime...can you take him back there?"
I asked if he'd ever been violent and they told me that he was docile. "He's just not there anymore," they said. I asked to see him and they brought him over. His blank, expressionless features were simply heart-rending.
None of our Bime-bound passengers were willing to give up their seat for the lost man, so I was trying to figure out how we were going to make this work when Zach said,
Leave me here. He can have my seat.
And so, when the rain stopped in Bime we were able to return the lost man to his family.
I can easily imagine Zach as the one in Mathew 25 asking his Master,
When were you sick and I helped you?
And I can hear the Master's reply,
I had a brother in Borme.
He was at the bottom of the refuse pile.
People said he wasn't human anymore.
You gave up your seat for him.
Makes one wonder why it was raining in Bime that morning. Maybe for the sweet potato crop. Maybe because it's a rain forest and, well, there's a reason it's called that. Maybe for a lost man named Arin.
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine,
you did for me.