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- Author: John Burke
- Language: English
- Genre: Christian Spiritual Growth
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If You Only Knew What Awaits You!
I SAT UP WITH A START. What time was it? I looked at the bedside table but
they had taken the clock away. In fact, where was any of my stuff? The train
schedules. My watch! I looked around. I was in a tiny little room I had never
It was 1943 in Camp Barkley, Texas, and George Ritchie had enlisted to
fight the Nazis. In the middle of boot camp, he got word that the Army would
send him to medical school—his dream come true! The weather and training
both took their toll, and Ritchie got double pneumonia the week he was
supposed to ship out to Richmond for school. The morning he’d planned to
catch the train, he woke up at midnight in a sweat, heart pounding like a
jackhammer, with a 106 fever. During X-rays, he passed out.
“Where was I?” Ritchie pondered.
And how had I gotten there?
I thought back trying to remember. The X-ray machine—that’s right! They had taken me to the
X-ray department and . . . and I must have fainted or something.
The train! I would miss the train! I jumped out of bed in alarm, looking for my clothes. . . .
I turned around, then froze.
Someone was lying in that bed.
I took a step closer. He was quite a young man, with short brown hair, lying very still. But,
[this] was impossible! I myself had just gotten out of that bed! For a moment I wrestled with the
mystery of [the man in my bed]. It was too strange to think about—and anyway I did not have
The ward boy! Maybe my clothes were in his room! I hurried out of the little room and looked
around. . . .
A sergeant was coming along [the corridor], carrying an instrument tray covered with a cloth.
Probably he did not know anything, but I was so glad to find someone awake that I started toward
“Excuse me, Sergeant,” I said. “You haven’t seen the ward boy for this unit, have you?”
He didn’t answer. Didn’t even glance at me. He just kept coming, straight at me, not slowing
“Look out!” I yelled.
The sergeant walked right past George without knocking him down or
spilling the tray—but how? Ritchie didn’t care; his mind was fixed on not
missing his train to Richmond. Medical school wouldn’t wait. Determined to
find some way to get to Richmond, even if he had missed his train, George
headed down the hallway and out the door.
Almost without knowing it I found myself outside, racing swiftly along, traveling faster, in fact,
than I had ever moved in my life. It was not as cold as it had been earlier in the evening—felt
neither cold nor hot, actually.
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