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Topic: TRAVELER (01/28/16)
- TITLE: Somewhere on the outer edge of town
By Francie Snell
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Oh NO, Lord, not here, not now!
Wrestling with the steering wheel, I maneuvered the small car to the side of the road and felt the urge to cry as it slowed to a stop. I turned the key to the off position. After a long, deep breath, I tried the engine, but no response, not even a click.
It was around noon on a warm clear day, and I was stranded, surrounded by open fields of dirt and weeds on the outer edge of town. The area was in the early stages of development with the two-lane country road widened to four lanes. Traffic was scarce, which was why I took that route in the first place; it would be quicker, I thought.
I climbed out of my car and looked both ways; not a car in sight. Folding my arms, I then despairingly leaned against my car. What now Lord? What am I going to do? I considered the chances of a police car happening by. The possibility seemed doubtful.
Then I saw them: two figures in the distance, trudging along the newly laid sidewalk on the other side of the road. Where did they come from?
As they got closer, they appeared menacing: two teen-age boys with black stocking caps pulled low over their foreheads. Wearing sagging pants, they lurched along side-by-side.
I watched them with uneasiness.
They spotted me and then glanced at each other. My heart jumped.
Again I looked both ways, and was horrified to discover still no cars to be seen.
It seemed I was now their main focus and topic of discussion. Repeatedly, they looked at me, and then back at each other, while nodding their heads and talking.
Adrenalin shot through me when they stopped directly across the road. They faced me and looked both ways.
I felt like prey and hoped the daylight would deter their dreaded assault.
However, they began running toward me with broad strides, across the first lane, the second lane…. I screamed in my heart Lord what do I do? My imagination leaped with terror. I'll shout, I'll kick, I'll wave my arms… I'll pretend I know Judo!
I held my breath as they stopped in front of me about ten feet away. One of them, his cap pulled down, just above his eyes, placed his hands on his hips and cocked his head. "Hey lady, you want us to fix your car?”
Taken aback, I stuttered, "Ah…well…yeah…You can help me?"
With an air of gallantry, similar to Peter Pan, he replied,
"Sure. Pop the hood," then started for the front of the car as the other boy, a little taller, stood by like a faithful assistant.
Astonished by the sudden turn of events, I got into my car and pulled the latch. The boy lifted the hood and then disappeared behind it.
After a few seconds, he called out ringing with confidence, "Ok, try it now".
I turned the key and the motor started without hesitation. I was shocked.
"Wow, I can't believe you fixed it so fast... Thank you," I cried as I got back out of the car.
"No problem, you're welcome," the boy said nonchalantly, and dropped the hood closed. They stepped past me, around the car, and up onto the sidewalk.
"Thank you so much," I repeated, my mind still reeling. "I can't believe you fixed it."
They both looked back over their shoulders at me and gave an affirmative chin-up gesture, then continued down the street. As I watched them go, I wondered where they were going, and from where had they come.
Then I pondered what is said about angels. Heb 1:14:"Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?"
Angels from the hood I quipped.
I couldn't help but see the comical twist in the way God answered my fearful prayers that day through two mysterious travelers. They had appeared out of nowhere - a frightful sight - at just the right time, with the perfect solution to my problem. Just as quickly as they came, they were gone, somewhere on the outer edge of town .
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