“Run, Sarah, Run!” Redux
This week was a week of “The Best Two Years” style miracles, except better! I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Most of it happened on Wednesday. We went to Kranj to visit with the Branch President. My companion and I, and the other companionship of Sisters, went up by train to make sure we got there in time for dinner. We had the lesson planned and everything. It was a beautiful train ride and the sun was out, which was a miracle in itself because we haven’t seen the sun in probably four months and had forgotten that the sky was blue…it was really a strange experience. After a good lesson at the Branch President’s house, we had dinner which consisted of the best palačinke in Slovenia. While I was politely eating my fourth one, I looked at my watch. I realized that we had to catch the only train to get us back home by curfew in 15 minutes, and the Branch President lives about 15 minutes away from the train station. Now some of you might think, “Ok, big deal, so you will be late getting home”…but yes, this is a big deal because we have been asked to be exactly obedient, especially this week leading up to zone conference. I looked at my companion and she mouthed the word, “tekli”, aka we will be running.
By the time we got out of the house, we had five minutes to catch the train. On the way out, the Branch President asked when our train was. We told him we would run, and he told us to call if we didn’t make it. So off we went, five stir fry, bigger than your face, style palačinke protesting in our stomachs, not to mention boots, bags, and 20 lbs coats. Naturally I fell behind, and once we got there, the train was gone. But I would like to point out that the other companionship, the fast ones, didn’t catch the train either. We had a good laugh.
We figured out that the next train didn’t come for an hour. After sitting in the snow for a while to cool off, we started to think about what to do. Now just picture this, four Americans in their skirts sitting at the train station (which really consists of just a couple of steps) outside in the snow, not knowing what to do. So I suggested we pray. I jokingly said maybe it would be like the movie “The Best Two Years” when the characters pray, and then all look up right after to hear the phone ring (see a train for us). We didn’t want to call the Branch President because we didn’t want him to have to drive us over an hour away. We didn’t know what to do. So we all knelt down on the stone steps facing the railroad tracks and prayed. As soon as we were done, the phone rang! It was the Branch President. He asked if we missed our train. Still out of breath we said, “Yes”. He said he would look up buses. We laughed and told him that we felt the palačinke, and thanked him again. Then I jokingly said, “That was funny, I don’t think that was a coincidence”. Then he called again and we heard the horn of a train…we all looked up and the Sister with the phone started yelling, “the train came!” You should have seen our faces…and then the train kept going, and on board were cars, instead of people. We laughed so hard. Once it passed, the Branch President told us we should just wait an hour because it would be faster than taking a bus. After he hung up and we stopped laughing, I said, “Maybe if he called one more time? The first time we prayed, he called. Second time he called, the train came. Maybe if he called one more time, then a bus would come or something”. In the same breath, the phone rang, it was his wife. He was coming to get us to drive us to the next train station to try and catch the train in ten minutes!!
We got to the road, he pulled up and we jumped in and drove as fast as we could to the next train station. It reminded me of Dad’s driving…haha. We got there just to see the train pull in and the road get blocked off because the train was crossing. We hopped out of the car and almost fell because it was a two door with a back seat and we got tangled in the seat belt. Right when half of us were out of the car, the road opened and the Branch President started yelling, “wait, wait!”, but we were already running down the road. He drove ahead and we all thought we weren’t going to make it. We ran to the platform to see the Branch President had driven ahead and had them hold the train for us. We shook his hand, got on the train, and said another prayer. It might not sound that funny, but it was the biggest miracle ever. I know that God answers prayers. When we do everything we can to be obedient, He does miracles. One day I hope to get the story from the Branch President’s point of view. It was great.
This week was also funny because during Institute class, I was asked to read a scripture, but instead of reading that Satan slowly leads the people away into bondage “with chains”, I read that Satan slowly leads the people away into bondage “with the Elders”. I didn’t know what happened, just that I read the wrong word. But I just kept going, and here’s the kicker…nobody, not the non-members, missionaries, or members, said anything. They were all so nice and pretended like nothing happened. Although someone did correct me, nobody laughed. When we got home, my companion and I looked it up. Needless to say we died laughing.
I am doing well. It’s snowing again, but it’s alright. I can’t wait for the conference we have this week, it is going to be amazing!
Have a great week and don’t forget to pray!