Kidney functions – those were the words emblazoned on a computer screen in bright red.
Peering through gold rimmed spectacles was a young man with a red hoody over his head and white earphones with loud hip hop music blasting through to his brain.
He plucks them out of his ears and asks me, “if the train is going forward does that mean we’ll fall backward?”
Not quite sure what he was asking me, I asked him to explain himself.
Before I knew he’d swapped seats and he was telling me about himself and how he wants to do things to help people.
Not long afterwards he asked if i’d listen to his music – he’s a budding artist, you see, with 200 tracks to his name.
Intrigued by this young man, I had his ear phones in my ear listening to his music interrupted only by stories of his life and plans for his future.
He wanted to know what I thought about his music. I had to be honest, it would sell but it won’t help that many people – the music did not represent the person.
Before me sat a medical student desperate to help people and eager to be famous. He hinted at a troubled past and fractured relationships. In 10 minutes i gathered he’s in a music band that will be splitting up, he’s had to repeat his final year and he’s dating an unavailable woman. I imagine his got wealthy parents and is from a political family in Nigeria well connected to those in authority and he may be seen as a ‘successor’ to power.
As the train pulled to a station he asked me, ‘now you’ve listened to my music, what do you think I should do? Follow the path of medical science, become a consultant, and hopefully go into politics and become a successful politician in Nigeria or follow my music and become a super star… ? “
As I sat there stunned by the weight of his question knowing I’ll never see him again in my life, I asked the Holy Spirit to speak…
He hurriedly packed his things, just before he left the train he looked back and asked me, ‘ what should I do?”
“just help people…” was all I managed to say… He smiled, mouthed the words and waved good bye…
Have you had a random conversation with a stranger? Tell me about it…