“For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” -Psalm 91:11
I remember driving from my country of birth Nicaragua towards the United States many years ago. It was one of those adventures you take when you are young, and you feel you can do anything. I was living in New York at that time, so you can imagine how many miles I had to drive. Look at Nicaragua on the map, and you can figure it out.
It was getting dark I could see the sun setting and the night falling as a dark blanket silhouette over the horizon. I was on a high mountain in Guatemala near the Mexican border. All of a sudden a red light went on in the dashboard. It showed the battery was dying. The car stopped. We were on a dirt road, no lights, no nothing. In a matter of minutes, the whole mountain was in complete darkness.
I looked at my brother in law, who was riding with me; we were both stunned! We didn’t know what to say to each other. I got out of the car, lifted the hood and smoke started to come out. The unexpected had happened. We were stuck right in the middle of nowhere. My concern was we had USA plates, we were easy targets, sitting ducks for those looking to take advantage of traveling tourists. A few cars passed us without stopping. The only thing I could do was pray in silence. It was getting darker and darker as time went by. The car battery still had a little charge, enough to have the parking lights or fog lights on in the meantime.
As believers, the first thing we need to know when confronted by unexpected dangerous circumstance is the following: We are not alone! “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11 He will dispatch or release His angels to assist and protect you.
I would say an hour passed by. Suddenly I saw the lights of a vehicle approaching from behind us. A man got off a mini-bus and asked me, what was the problem? I told him I needed I boost. He did that, and my small Dasher Volkswagen went on. Then he said, I’ll go slowly ahead of you. We were heading down the road when everything came to a sudden stop. No more lights, no nothing. I could only see the mini-bus leaving us behind. I remained seated behind the wheel.
Again, we became surrounded by darkness. I had never seen so much darkness in my entire life. I could hardly see the face of my brother in law seated right next to me. 5 minutes went by. It felt like an eternity to me. Suddenly I saw the reverse lights of a vehicle backing up. It was the same man. He got off and said to me, “I’m going to push you from behind until we get to the next town.” Oh, that was music to my ears. When we arrived at the little village, he came to me and said, “I know a mechanic in this town I’m going to see if I find him wait here.” He came back with him saying to him, “Take care of him until tomorrow and make sure you fix his car.” The man said, ok. Then he left.
While this was taking place, I experienced such a peace and confidence during the whole process. We slept in the car that night; in the morning the mechanic fixed our car. When I asked him about that man, he said that he would only see him from time to time.
I have never forgotten that experience. As I narrate it to you, I vividly live and experience God’s presence. I can assure you, that man was an angel sent by God to protect us from suffering any harm.
This is one of the ways He keeps us safe. Next month I will discuss three other ways.
Much Love, come back next month for the conclusion of this Blog.