Close calls and God's provision

My flight to Tokyo was delayed four hours, so I spent an extended amount of time at customs, and I was two days behind the other 19 college interns I would serve with. I had special instructions to buying a bus ticket from a specific company, and then call in to my supervisor. But at 11 p.m., the bus I needed did not run. And there was only one train to Shibuya from the airport—and it was scheduled to leave in 10 minutes. 

My neighborhood in Shibuya.
After a very brief call to my supervisor to update her, I did something that I found was very Japanese. I ran for the train. With 15 seconds to spare, the doors closed.

I’m in a foreign country, cannot read the language, and Shibuya was nowhere on the map. But God provided. A young Japanese woman got on the train right after me. She helped me read my ticket, and after establishing we were going to the same place, started a purposeful conversation. She knew why I was there and in whom my faith rests. Afterwards, she offered her phone so I could call my supervisor. Then while I carried her bag up the stairs, she took me to the exit to meet my team.

In my time of need, God provided the man of peace—or more to the point, the woman of peace—to help me go where I needed to be. Pray for future contact with her so Jesus will be glorified!

Dan Black, a student at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, is serving with Go Now Missions in Japan.

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