Have you ever met an angel? I don’t know if I have, but I did experience an extraordinary encounter last Easter.
My family and I went to a beautiful city park last Easter during the afternoon. My husband parked my wheelchair near some stone benches, while he and the kids explored the nearby rocks and boulders. A man, who’d been sitting nearby, approached me to ask how long I’d been using the wheelchair and why. “Oh, boy,” I thought, “here we go.” I often end up getting comments and advice, and I had hoped for some quiet relaxation in the sun, rather than “helpful” tips from a stranger.
This man, though, didn’t try to fix me or my situation but revealed that he was no stranger to suffering. He had been in a car accident that had broken a number of his bones, and he’d stopped using a wheelchair just months before. He went on to tell me that he’d been celebrating Easter with his wife and kids over lunch when a friend called with a car emergency. He drove across town, helped the friend, and was headed back home to his family when he sensed God directing him to stop at this park, because God had someone he should speak to. He thought I was that person.
“Oh, great,” I thought, “now I’m really in for it,” leery of the questionable theology I feared would soon come out of his mouth. At the same time, though, I was a bit intrigued.
The man, who had an Old Testament name I’ve forgotten, went on to tell me of God’s love for me, as revealed in the Scriptures. This man did NOT assure me of physical healing to come soon. He did NOT berate me for a lack of faith that surely brought on my illness. He simply told me he knew God wanted him to speak of God’s love specifically for me on that day.
My husband, who’d been keeping an eye on all this, walked over to join us, and the man prayed for all of us, then left the park to head home to his family.
Wow. I don’t know what that encounter was all about, but I do believe that man truly was a follower of Jesus, as I am. I also believe God DID prompt him to come talk to me that Easter Sunday, to share hope and truth. This man couldn’t have known that I have at times struggled to believe that God loves me, Kristi, personally and specifically.
How precious that the God of the universe would ordain for one of His children to seek out another, to share the enormity of the love we were both celebrating that Easter Sunday. God does so love the world, but He also loves just ME, all by myself, and just YOU. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!