The point of this article is to tell  you about just one of the many times that God has intervened to rescue me, several of which happened out on road trips .  He works through people, and is not limited by time or space, and delights in helping his children.

This occasion took place while I was serving as the base pediatrician at RAF Upper Heyford in England in the mid-1970’s. I had been invited to give a talk at an upcoming medical meeting in Wiesbaden, Germany on  “The Use and Misuse of Antibiotics”.

I had my TDY (temporary duty) papers in hand that outlined my trip from Lakenheath on the “European Eagle” to Ramstein, Germany and then on up to Rhein-Main airbase which is close to Wiesbaden. I would then find transportation to my room at the Von Steuben Hotel.

Things were going according to plan, but after landing at Ramstein everyone got off the plane and it became clear that it wasn’t going any further.  That was the end of the line!

I was standing there perplexed as to what I was going to do, when a colonel walked over and asked if I needed help. I did. After I explained my dilemma, he drove me to the local “bahnhof” (train station) and helped me purchase a ticket to Wiesbaden.

On the train I found myself sitting next to a general’s daughter who was on her way to Wiesbaden to see her boyfriend. She said, “You know we have to change trains half way there.” I didn’t. Sure enough, about half way to Wiesbaden we had two minutes to switch trains, and when we pulled into Wiesbaden we stopped at the bahnhof which was right across the street from the Von Steuben Hotel!!

What would be different if God had not sent those two people at just the right time to help me out? I might still be riding the rails in Germany today! I am so thankful to have a loving God who delights in helping his children, even though we don’t deserve it .


Dr. J.


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