Do you recall listening to, humming or even singing the line, "It's a small world after all?"
If so, you'll probably remember the jaunty, spirit-lifting feeling it evokes; after all, there's nothing like the excitement of making new connections in a big, big world. This past week provided me with a prime example of the reality of that ditty.
I'd boarded our ferry en route to Vancouver Island, and as far as I knew, it was destined to a routine trip. I seated myself beside a window on the starboard side of the ship.
A young lady I'd never seen before sat behind me; in front of me, there was an unknown couple. On my table my computer sat open as I attempted to add to an ongoing project.
Words didn't come easily and I found myself increasingly distracted by the couple's conversation. It wasn't English and although I thought I detected a few German words, it wasn't "quite."
As the gentleman stood and moved closer to my table, I asked in my best version of the language, "Are you folks from Germany?"
"No," he responded, "we're from Denmark."
I redeemed myself by welcoming them to Canada, and then remarked that I'd just finished writing a family history book about a German Jewish man who'd been named after a Danish author. They asked more about the book and we chatted.
That's when the young lady spoke up. "That was my grandfather."
The conversation now embraced four of us: two visitors, a transplant from Saskatchewan and the granddaughter of my client. It really is a small world after all. Just imagine what Heaven will be like!
"…I looked and behold a great multitude which no one could number of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues, standing before the Throne [of God] and before the Lamb [Christ Jesus]…." (Revelation 7:10)