The American Christian music superstar, Michael W Smith, has told Capetonians that delays in getting from Nashville Tennessee to perform in South Africa last week, were not coincidental, but part of God's plan to reach out to a taxi driver
in Atlanta, Georgia.
The ground-breaking musician told a packed GrandWest Arena last night that he was the only member of his group and team that was held back at the Atlanta airport, because of an alleged lack of space in his passport for authorities to rubber stamp it. His entourage was allowed to embark their flight to South Africa, while the Grammy and Dove award winner was booked into a hotel by the airport for the night to sort
out his passport problems the next morning.
The talkative driver of a taxi that was organised to take him to his accommodation began asking the singer about his life and career. When they arrived at the artist's hotel, their conversation continued in the parked vehicle with the inquisitive man asking Smith, what "a radical encounter with God is", which gave the entertainer more chances to talk about his faith.
At the end of their conversation and just before the driver drove off he told Smith, "strange that you are here tonight, because two nights ago I talked to a pastor also about religion in my taxi and now you?".
Smith landed on home soil just 90 minutes before his opening concert on Tuesday evening last week in Pretoria at the Moreleta Park Church.
The singer told his Cape Town fans, at the end of a whirlwind tour, that everything that happens, happens for a reason because God plans it that way on purpose as part of His greater plan.
(images and artwork: michael w smith + tygerberg 104fm)