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When Was The Last Time You Met An Angel In Disguise?
Two Legged Angels
I have met many “angels” in my life. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and forms.
An email from a prayer group friend, I will call Bill (not his real name), got me thinking about this when he sent an email to our group entitled “When was the last time you met an angel?”
For Bill it had been the night before he wrote the message to our group. He stated that his daughter’s car battery had died, so he went home to replace it. Then later in the evening, in the middle of a family crisis on another subject, her car died again in the Wal-Mart parking lot. They had to take care of that other crisis first and then went to check on her car. Bill tried to jump start it, but that didn’t work. A test showed that the battery was fully charged, which meant that the starter had probably gone out. It looked like they would be facing a tow and labor costs plus parts. From out of nowhere a young man came up to help them push her car into a parking spot covered by cameras and lights so it would be safe through the night. And as they were thanking him, he said, “Yep, your starter is out.” Bill asked him how much he thought it would cost to fix it and he responded “20 to 30 bucks” plus the part if you can meet me here tomorrow.” They were amazed to find that a complete stranger was right there on the spot, who just happens to love working on cars, has his own tools, and will do it right there in the parking lot for only 20 to 30 dollars. Nothing can convince my friend Bill that God wasn’t in that!!! He concluded his message to us stating “Last night, we were sent an angel and he is fixing her car today. Thank you Lord for ALWAYS being there whether we know we need you or not.”
I have experienced this before myself. One time that comes to mind, I was with my kids at the gas station and my car wouldn’t restart so we decided to try to roll start it. With me in the car behind the wheel, and my two young boys behind the car attempting to push it, suddenly there were two strong teenage boys beside them helping to give the car the momentum needed to get it going fast enough to ignite the battery and start up the engine.
Angels With Four Legs
Many of us have full time four legged angels that live with us. They comfort us, play with us, love us, and follow us around our homes and where ever else we take them with wagging tails of adoration. We call them “pets”. There is a You Tube video my mom shared with me that is one of my all time favorites. It’s by Wendy J. Francisco and it’s entitled “God and Dog”. The clip lasts just over a minute and a half. It’s adorable and very fun to watch.
The cartoon version is the one my mom sent me, but I happened to come across another version of it with a German Shepherd starring in it (I recommend watching the cartoon version first). The one with the shepherd makes me cry because it reminds me of Maddie, my own German Shepherd, who is no longer with us. I am sharing her photo (below) even though every time I see her image there is still a sadness that washes over me because I miss her so much. It hasn’t been a full year yet without her in my life. I can’t look at her photos for long without tearing up. She was my garden companion who followed me around and watched out for my safety. She alerted me when there was a snake in the area, and listened if I told her to leave it. My neighbor was amazed to see her release a baby rabbit on my command and then dolefully watch as it hopped away and escaped. She was a good dog in every way and a very smart and obedient one. German Shepherd’s are known for being one of the most intelligent breeds and she was proof of this. When I was depressed she could sense it and would come over and lay her head to rest on my knee. Nothing is more comforting when you are feeling down than having a dog’s head in your lap. They are great therapists; they know how to listen and don’t need to say a word to get their point across. Their eyes do their talking and relay their messages to us more effectively than words ever could. Dogs love us unconditionally closer to the way God loves than the way most humans do. They want to be with us, and hate to see us go. They’re always glad when we come home and until they get too old, will meet us dependably every time at the door.
How About You?
Have you met up with any angels in your life lately?