Encounters with Angels
My True Stories of Angelic Interaction
Do you question the existence of angels? Do you wonder if you have a guardian angel of your own? While it is difficult to prove, I boldly express that I believe in angels. I believe I have a guardian angel whose role is to comfort and guide me during turmoil in life. At my deepest moment of despair, my guardian angel steps in to help me through a dilemma allowing me to come through it with comfort and assurance.
Aside from physical interaction, I have had moments in time when I have felt the comfort of a spiritual existence. The whiff of a powerfully sweet scent that people attribute to the Holy spirit, a swift breeze, or an unexplained feeling of relief when I need it most are some of the things people share when describing encounters with guardian angels.
Let me share with you, a few memorable moments, which I believe are encounters with my guardian angel.
Guardian Angel Keeps My Car on the Road
Edge of the Cliff
A family caravan trip almost ended in tragedy. Driving to a vacation location in the mountains, our family of six caravanned in two vehicles. We had the girls in the family vehicle (my car) and the boys in the sports car (my husband’s car). It was a long trip from our home to the place where we would set up camp and vacation for the next week. As anyone knows, mountain driving can be treacherous. After about half an hour through the mountainous portion of the drive, my brakes began to feel strange. They weren’t allowing me to accurately slow down to negotiate the curves with control. Just at the point when I realized it would be wise to pull over at the next turnout, the road curved dramatically. As I tried to slow down to maneuver around the curve, tapping my brakes as I had been taught, still, my brakes would not engage. I was on a downward spiral with my daughters and their best friend in the car. Realizing what would inevitably happen if I did not gain control of the vehicle, I began a serious conversation with the Lord. I just could not get the car to slow down. I apologized to the girls because I knew they were frightened and needed assurance that I could not provide them in the present dilemma. They were young, so they didn’t know they needed to pray, too. Or, maybe they did, because just as we were headed toward the edge of the road with no guard rail to protect us, I felt a tug on the steering wheel and all of a sudden, the car came to a complete halt. My husband and son, who were following behind me, stopped as well. They were confused and just as afraid as the girls, watching my car pick up dangerous speeds on a winding mountain road.
A 2011 AP-GfK Poll showed that 77% of adults say they believe in angels.
Amazingly, there were no other cars on the road to contend with. After getting out of his car, my husband naturally wanted to know what happened. I explained about how my brakes didn’t seem to be working. He and his son examined the car and could not find anything wrong with the brakes. After examining the car, my husband personally tested the brakes. Everything seemed to be fine. We decided to take the car to a maintenance station for verification. Driving further, the brakes worked fine, so instead of driving to the mechanic’s we decided to go directly to the campground. Another inspection showed no signs of anything wrong with the brakes. Aside from that moment on the road, I never had another issue with the brakes again.
Was it a guardian angel that protected me? I suspect the answer is yes. Although I didn’t see or hear anyone, something magical happened on that road. The steering wheel turned itself and then all of a sudden the brakes worked. I ended that day believing I had been rescued by the grace of God and that my guardian angel rescued me.
My Guardian Angel Comforted Me in the Face of Homelessness
The Shopping Cart
Soon after my husband and I were informed that we lost our jobs during a company restructuring, I began to become distraught. I kept telling myself that things would be alright and that we would find other employment. But, as time went on, things were not OK. We searched vigorously for jobs and could not find any. Our claim for unemployment compensation was initially denied because the Employment Development Department (EDD) stated that because we each owned our own corporation under which we contracted for work, as owners of the corporation we could not unemploy ourselves. According to EDD, technically we were still employed. So, there we were, both of us without jobs. Our household was devastated. We were on the verge of losing our home to foreclosure. Creditors were calling us deadbeats and telling us how horrible we were for not paying our bills. But, what could we do with zero income?
While unemployed, I was willing to take any type of job. At one point I was selling lipstick door-to-door. On one occasion when I was delivering lipstick to a customer’s home I came across the path of a gentleman I initially classified as unsavory. My first instinct was shamefully judgmental. This man was dressed in a heavy overcoat in the middle of summer, wearing those little gloves with the fingers cut out. He looked like a homeless man pushing a shopping cart. What is interesting about this encounter is that one of my lifelong fears is that I would end up being a homeless lady pushing a shopping cart. In fact, I became a workaholic because I never wanted that to be my fate. Hence, that was the reason I was selling lipstick in the first place – to make that money! I couldn’t find a regular job, and this was an opportunity to do something other than pour over the nonexistent want ads. I figured if I could sell X number of lipsticks a day, then I could make X number of dollars a week. Folks, I was desperate.
So, here I was driving to a customer’s house that was 10 miles away, selling a single lipstick for $1.99. You don’t even have to be a math whiz to know that I was on a path going nowhere. It would take a lot of lipstick to get my mortgage paid.
As I approached the customer’s house, this gentleman came from around the corner with his shopping cart. He looked at me, smiled and said, “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.” I immediately recognized John 14:6 which reads, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” It is a beautiful and meaningful verse. But, who walks around talking like that? The gentleman didn’t say hello; he didn’t say anything else other than, “Bless you, child.” I was speechless. I tried to think of something appropriate to say as a reply, but I was dumbfounded and couldn't think of anything. When I finally managed to say something, the gentleman was almost out of ear shot. I finally blurted out, ‘Thank you!' I felt foolish. After all, the least I could have done was uttered a 'Bless you!' back to him. I blinked and noticed the man had disappeared. It was as if he had literally vanished into thin air. After a brief moment, I recall that that man didn’t have anything in his shopping cart. Interesting!
Was that an encounter with an angel? Or, was it simply a really nice person who goes around town offering words of encouragement? I believe it was an encounter with a guardian angel.
The Voice of an Angel
One day the phone rang. I almost didn’t answer it because I suspected it was a creditor and on that particular day I just could not bear to hear the voice of another creditor’s threatening and belittling tone. I decided to let the call go to voicemail. But, something made me pick up the phone even though I was convicted not to answer. Although the person on the other end of the phone line introduced himself, I didn’t pay attention to who he said he was, but when I explained to this person that I had lost my job and didn’t have any money to pay, he simply said, “It's OK, ma’am. I understand”. I told him thank you for understanding, and I began to sob like never before. It was as if I just needed someone to understand. Then, I heard this gentleman say in an overly calming voice, “Don’t worry. Everything is going to be alright. Just put your faith in the Lord. You're going to be alright.” And then he hung up. I have never heard a voice like his. I hung up the phone slowly. Once again, I was dumbfounded - struck by his words. I can't describe his voice except to say that his voice was different in the way that it was commanding, but soothing at the same time.
Was that a guardian angel that comforted me in the best way possible at the time? I believe so, because ever since that day I have felt like things were going to work out just fine. And, things did work out fine. Through a friend who was a financial planner, my husband and I learned that we were able to tap into retirement funds that we were unaware we could use without penalty. Our friend mapped out a plan for how we could retire early and live a humble and simple life.
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- Angels All Around
Angels are real and all around us. They are powerful and here for a purpose. God sends them to assist us and minister to all believers.
Do You Have a Guardian Angel?
Through all of the turmoil, the danger, losing my job, and stepping one day into homelessness, I have experienced the nurturing nature of guardian angels. Had angels not stepped in to save me at the most appropriate moment, my life would have been commpletely different. Yes, I suffered through difficult times, but my guardian angel protected me from disaster and brought me through it so that I could live to tell about it.
Many people have shared their stories of what they believe are encounters with guardian angels. Do you have a guardian angel? If so, please share your experience in the comments.