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Topic: ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME (don’t write about the song) (06/04/15)
TITLE: The Persistent Cab Driver
By Rachel Varghese
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It was getting dark and I was standing alone in an unfamiliar bus stop. I was scared and kept looking all around me and felt Goosebumps all over my hands and back. I had a feeling of hundred eyes watching me though I did not see any.
All of a sudden a taxi cab stopped next to me and a bearded man opened the window and asked, â€śWhere do you have to go? I will drop you.â€ť
â€śThank you. I will wait for the bus.â€ť I said politely.
â€śBuses do not run on this route on Sundays. This area is not a safe place to be alone at this time of the day. Get into the cab,â€ť he said; and this time his voice was more persistent.
I was getting more and more scared and looked around to see if there was anyone else beside me. There was no one, â€śI do not have any money with me. I just brought enough for my bus fare andâ€¦â€ť Before I could finish the sentence he started off.
â€śDid I ask you for money? Just get into the car; I have many sisters like you. I know this area much better than you do. Just listen to me for your safety sake.â€ť His voice had one of authority and I stopped talking and just got into the cab and sat quietly.
â€śDo not come to this area even during the day. This is a bad part of this great city. People dread to come to this place even during the day time because of the notorious drug gangs that are here. Well you need not worry about it, because you are not going to come here anymore. Anyway why did you come here? Let us get it straight from the horseâ€™s mouth,â€ť he said with a smile.
â€śI am a substitute English teacher and there was a voice-mail asking me if I would like to work in the school in this area for this week. As I do not know this place I thought I would take a long walk and then take the bus back home. I have gone to many places but this is the first time that I am coming to this place,â€ť I said.
â€śWell, let this be your last also. You will get many other ones in the city, but let me tell you one thing. This is not a safe place and do not come to this place anymore. You are putting your life in risk. Take it as an advice from an older brother. By the way where do you want me to drop you?â€ť he asked.
I looked out and saw that we were at the beginning of my street. â€śOh you are at the right place, just go to the end of the street and stop at those apartments. Iâ€™ll run upstairs and get some money.â€ť
â€śI am always at the right place,â€ť he smiled.
â€śLet me run up to my room and get your fare. How much do I owe you?â€ť I asked.
â€śYou owe me nothing. This is my job. Help others whenever you can. Treat everyone as your brother and sister.â€ť
â€śThank you and I will always remember your advice. Wait here for five minutes and I will be back,â€ť I said as I ran to catch the open elevator. I ran to my room and grabbed my purse and came down. There was no cab in the lobby!
Psalms 91:10-12 (KJV) came to my mind where God promises, â€śThere shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.â€ť
I came back to my room and looked at the phone, there were several messages asking me to work for them. The Cab driver was right I did not have to go to that place. I firmly believe that God had sent an angel to watch over me; not just that day but all through my life. Thank God for Angels bright.
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