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I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not ; I will lead them in paths that they have not known : I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do for them and not forsake them

Isaiah Chapter 42 Verse 16

Midnight, and it is my first time crossing the Romanian mountains. I have no map to guide me and I am absolutely exhausted. My colleague is fast asleep and I still have 75 miles to go to my destination. I had been trying since 10.00 o’clock in evening to find a place to stay for the night, just a bed, any place just to lay my head down for a couple of hours.

Lord can you not see that I am shattered, I cannot go on any longer!

I could see the flashes of lightning in the distance, in the direction that I was heading.

I’ll try the next town, 25 miles to go, perhaps, please God let there be a bed for us there. No beds, just more lightning!

Onward, with the same prayer to the next town.

It wasn’t worth stopping now, as we were only 25 miles from our destination. The lightning was getting brighter as we neared Iasi. Exhausted, my eyes closing, my head nodding then, Wow! Just as I entered the city of Iasi, a bright flash of lightning exploded on the road in front of the van! I nearly put my poor colleague through the windscreen as I slammed on the brakes.

We reached our hotel in the early hours.

Rising at seven in the morning and with the one precious contact number that I had with me, I headed downstairs to Reception and asked if I could use the telephone. Some young woman tapped me on the shoulder as I dialled the number for the umpteenth time. She asked, in perfect English if should could help.

No, there was no way that she could help me!

I needed to make contact with Paula, that was the name under the phone number I had been given back in Stornoway. I was getting frantic with the monotonous engaged tone of the phone. I gave up in frustration, turned away from the desk only to find this young woman in front of me again!

I explained to her that I was trying to find this person called Paula, as it was the only name that I had and if I did not find her then our whole trip would have been a waste of time.

"I am Paula," she said!

If we had been given a place to stay the previous night, we would have missed our contact with Paula.

There was no rain in Iasi, the previous night and nobody that I spoke to saw any lightning!


(Paula with her new bicycle donated from a family in Lewis)


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