Angels Working Overtime
By Linda Porter of Maryland Heights, MO, USA
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone…so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. —1 Timothy 2:1–2 NRSV
It was an icy cold winter, and I had a long highway drive to work. I had to watch for treacherous black ice, and traffic was always heavy in St. Louis.
One clear morning I was driving and praying (how I passed the time on my long drive), and I suddenly hit a patch of black ice. My car spun out of control on an eight-lane highway with a cement median in the middle. I was in the outer lane, and I spun in circles through three lanes of traffic headed for the cement barrier. The car finally stopped back in my own lane, but facing traffic!
I looked out the window and saw a purple truck coming at me. I saw the driver screaming. I can still see her terrified look as she expected to hit me. Just then my car raced backward into the ditch beside the road—as if a giant hand had grabbed it and pulled it over.
Severely shaken, the blessings continued. A woman stopped and asked if I was all right. She was a nurse. She looked in the car and told me to take it out of gear and turn the engine off. A state trooper arrived on the scene. He offered to call a tow truck to pull my car out of the ditch. I thanked them both. I was still shaking, but not injured.
At that point I began to worry. I had only a few dollars in my bank account, and the tow truck would be expensive. The driver said he thought he could back the car out of the ditch and wouldn’t have to charge me for a tow. I agreed to let him try. He backed the car right out of the deep ditch and parked it on the shoulder of the road. I thanked everyone and went on my way.
When I think of that accident, I thank God for three earth angels working overtime to watch over me that day. So many blessings on a cold, winter day.
Prayer for Peace
We praise you, God, for hearing our cries for help. We thank you for your presence in Christ’s disciples, and for your presence as we share Christ’s peace.
Spiritual Practice: Intercessory Reflection
Sit quietly with your eyes closed as you enter intercessory reflection and prayer. Ask God to bring persons to your mind and heart who need prayer. Be open to images of the persons or spiritual insight into their needs. Listen for signals from their lives and let the depth of God’s love for them become powerful and real to you. Write, speak, or think a prayer of blessing and healing for these much-loved disciples and friends. Ask God to help you see ways to affirm and support them when you meet them in daily life.
Today, God, I’ll find a way to serve overtime to meet a need.
Click here to comment or read online.