We rode into Hannover HBF train station ten minutes late. Originally our connection was only a seven-minute gap to move from platform 9 to platform 7. The Conductor was aware of our tight connection and guided us to Platform 7 and told us to hurry and jump on the train so we would not miss our high-speed ICE Train.
We raced up and down the stairs with our luggage and barely made the train as it pulled away. We rested up against the wall and took a deep breath. The train began to move and I thought to myself that this is the wrong direction. I spoke to the train personnel and discovered the train was taking us North to Hamburg instead of South. The conductor had mistakenly guided us to the wrong platform!
The detour took us two hours out of our way. We made a turnaround in Hamburg and finally made our destination in Mannheim and finally Worms. We discovered the computers had gone down and you couldn’t trust the boards guiding you to various trains.
This month has found us visiting numerous towns, friends and ministry settings throughout Germany. We have felt like a pinball bouncing from place to place and watching God do things in His timing, wisdom and favor. We have been in Bible studies with students at a University and discussions with couples about the challenges of marriage and ministry.
I stood in the offices of Greater Europe Mission in Kandern and saw a map of Europe marked with hundreds of red dots. These marked the ministry locations they have served over the years. Kim Garrity pointed out some small countries that I had never heard of and the ministry settings we had visited him in Greece. It is very impressive to see where God has taken the team!
Then we learned that just two days ago fifteen people drowned trying to get from Turkey to Greece and the Island of Lesvos. The saga continues with refugees still running from the evil of radical Islam and war. Yet information about this tragedy appears to have faded into the fog of inattention.
Some days we ask God, where are you taking us? We wonder if we are on the right track. We pray that God gives us the eyes to see and the heart that is tender to serve as He desires. Once you are privileged to see into someone’s heart and share concern with a hurting friend, at that moment, God’s pinball route makes sense.
Where is He taking you today?
Cathy and Danny Sartin