Another day in Paradise

Something tonight reminded me of a something I related a couple of years ago concerning entertaining angels unawares.  There was a lady, one of her eyes stuck out from her face and looked like a bluish white marble, her mouth opened to speak and there were no teeth, she was using a cane to hobble along and her clothes were dirty. I was intent on looking for something when I heard a rustle to my right and looked up to see this battered looking old woman coming right toward me, she spoke, “Lady do you have a few dollars you can give me to buy myself a T-shirt and some food? I’ll love you forever if you will.”My first instinct was to sniff the air for alcohol. I answered her “Is what you need in this store?” “Yes’m it is, I’ll love you forever if you can help me.”She was pleading, my heart was touched. “Go and gather what you need and meet me at the cash register, I will pay for whatever you get.”Her face lit up as she went off saying, “I’ll love you forever.” I finished looking around for what I needed and got finished. I looked around but didn’t see her as I went to the front, I heard her call out, “Hey lady, here I come“, she continued her crippled walk toward me, a big smile on her old face. She lay her things on the counter, just a few items; a boxed mac and cheese dinner, a T-shirt and a Gatorade. I said “Are you sure that’s all you need?” “Yes’m it is, I’ll love you forever.”I had the cashier scan her things and bag them before he did mine. She asked him to double bag it so it wouldn’t break. She took her treasures and turned to me, “Can I give you some love?”, herarms reached out and I walked into them. As she hugged me she whispered, “God bless you, I’ll love you forever. I gotta hurry, don’t want to miss my bus.” I wasn’t more than two minutes behind her, I walked out to see if she was at the bus stop, there was no bus stop, no bus, no lady, she had vanished into thin air. I looked up and down, as heavy, old and crippled as she was she couldn’t have gone far, but she was no where to be seen. It gave me a chill. Had I entertained an angel, unaware?

I thought of the lyrics to a Phil Collins song, Another Day In Paradise
She calls out to the man on the street “Sir, can you help me?
It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep, Is there somewhere you can tell me?” He walks on, doesn’t look back He pretends he can’t hear her Starts to whistle as he crosses the street Seems embarrassed to be there Oh think twice, it’s another day for You and me in paradise Oh think twice, it’s just another day for you, You and me in paradise She calls out to the man on the street He can see she’s been crying She’s got blisters on the soles of her feet Can’t walk but she’s trying Oh think twice… Oh lord, is there nothing more anybody can do Oh lord, there must be something you can say You can tell from the lines on her face You can see that she’s been there Probably been moved on from every place ‘Cos she didn’t fit in there Oh think twice 
 

Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. 

Whether this lady was an angel, or someone that needed help from a stranger, I felt I had seen God and strangely, I saw Him in me. How wonderful to feel that you have been the hand of God on earth. Somewhere someone is “loving me forever“, thank you Jesus. Sometimes we just need to be reminded, tonight was my time for that. We should always think twice.

3 Replies to “Another day in Paradise”

    1. May not have experienced this BUT Angels have came to my rescue that I know for sure .

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  1. I had an experience that also seemed to be an Angel…
    I was travelling south from Huntsville, AL to Mobile as I was ‘doing my research’ to open a “Home for unwed Mothers” back in Huntsville.
    I was ‘in the middle of nowhere’ between towns, s I scooted down the Interstate. I spotted a guy on the side of the road, with a small tattered suitcase. As he climbed into my pickup, I asked him how far he was headed…and he said he was going to a Veterans retirement home in Mobile. {he was wearing an old ‘Field Jacket’ so I asked what Branch he had served with…and our conversation began.
    But there were several things in our conversation that he could not have ‘normally’ known the answers to — such as the exact amount of my own small disability pension check. We talked for over an hour, about my past and about the mission I was undertaking to help unwed mothers. He had some encouraging words about helping the unwed mothers. I asked about his past, but he didn’t say much about his own past. Suddenly, he asked me to let him out at the next exit! He said he wanted to stop and visit a friend near the exit. { I of course, had expected him to ride with me all the way to Mobile.} So I exited as he had asked, and dropped him off on the side of the road, at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. There was Nothing nearby…no stores. gas stations, restaurants or anything. As I looped back up to the Interstate, I looked back to wave good-bye…and he was GONE! Nowhere in sight…and no other vehicles had passed by. It was flat, and I could see hundreds of yards in all directions…
    Later, I checked when I got to Mobile, to see where the VA Retirement Home was located…and there were NONE anywhere near that area…

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