Yesterday I was idly listening to the news while doing something else, when suddenly I heard that a train had been derailed by a landslide in Switzerland, going from St Moritz to Zurich.
My heart leapt into my mouth. That’s where our son and his wife are on honeymoon – what’s more, I knew that some time this week they were taking that train, as they have spent a couple of days in St Moritz.
I grabbed my mobile and texted immediately. Got a very laconic reply from son … who then had pity on me and said no, they had been on the very next train. They had no idea that there had been an accident at first, and couldn’t understand why their train was being diverted.
But they are fine, and I am extremely thankful of course, although rather shocked when I realised that they could so easily have been on the previous train. Their guardian angels were definitely on duty! – and it was also a great relief to learn that nobody had been killed in the accident, although some were in hospital with injuries.
We’ve had a daughter with pancreatitis, a son in law dangerously ill with bacterial meningitis, and now a near miss with our son and new daughter in law.
Sunday’s sermon was about Peter getting out of the boat on the stormy sea, and walking on the water to Jesus. Faith does not shield us from the storms of life … it’s about keeping our eyes on Jesus, not on the storm.
But storms don’t half wear me out …