In the classic 1950’s movie, “All About Eve”, Bette Davis’ character utters what quickly becomes an iconic movie quote “ Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
Almost 70 years later, that line came to mind multiple times as we made our way to Martin for our 13th Serving Slovakia adventure.
Without going into all the details, here’s a quick rundown of some of our experiences:
- Turbulence that felt like we were combining flight with a roller coaster ride
- A delayed flight for a team member that had him racing through Newark Internaitional, boarding our plane just moments before they closed the door
- Three other members, traveling separately, being questionably rebooked on a different flight – which took them from Toronto to Venice to Vienna, instead of Toronto to Prague. The airline they were flying on decided they would be too late to make their connecting flight – even though they stood at the desk and watched other passengers board the “missed” flight
- A scramble by these same team members as they came up with a way to get to Martin, since they were no longer meeting the team in Prague
- Two other team members having a challenge meeting up with their ride from Budapest
- A bus ride which featured multiple delays due to construction
- A near miss accident on that same bus ride, which had those of us in the front of the bus, with an up close and personal view, amazed and astonished and GRATEFUL for what can only be described as a miracle. We were sure you’d be reading and hearing about it us in the news. “A group of Americans from Vancouver, WA, on a mission trip in Slovakia…”
Over and over, Bette Davis’s line came to mind, until we were all safely under one roof in our hotel in beautiful Martin. As I wake up this morning, a different line is running through my thoughts, one that gives me confidence as we begin another adventure, serving alongside our friends here in Martin. One that allows the events of yesterday, and any possible excitement in the days to come, to be viewed with peace and calm:
“But now, this is what the LORD says — He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43
We’re grateful our confidence isn’t in the airlines, our circumstances, ourselves, or even our rock star bus driver, but is, instead, firmly in the One who goes before us and walks with us. Please continue to pray as we begin another two weeks of serving here in Martin, and see what new adventures the Lord has for us.