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God Rescued me. He sent an Angel. He really did. No joke.


I dedicate this to a real woman of God; a blogger friend who wakes up my laptop with a perky good morning faith I wish I had. Her heart warms me with her joyful laughter as I read her posts. She has blessed me more than she knows and I am deeply honored to call her friend.  God speaks to us in various ways; especially through Godly people as he has used her to do so with me. Please give yourself a treat and visit her blog. If you are like me and a very bad morning person, get a cup of coffee first. SHE IS ON FIRE EARLY!  Here is her link: http://strader612.wordpress.com

This is a true story. I have no witnesses. No pictures; nothing to establish the credibility of it except the truth. For me this event was a major turning point in my life; you could call it “one of my Damascus Road trips.”  Yes, I said it was one of my Damascus Road trips.

The year was 1981 and I was not living the way I was raised. Church on Sunday, choir practice, girl scouts, Wednesday night dinner and Bible Study and then of course Bible School in the summer. These were just some of the reasons I darkened the church doors outside of the fact my parents made me go as a child.   On this hot summer night I was far from any church door.

Driving home alone about midnight there wasn’t a car in sight. This sleepy town was usually in bed much earlier. I however was young and invincible; able to handle anything or at least my pride led me to believe such a lie.

Flat Tire

Flat tire.

Flat tire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Growing up in a family car business you would think I would have been taught how to change a tire. Why bother when I always had someone else to do it for me. This particular night I wish I had learned.

The back right tire had blown out and the car was veering off to the side. It could not have been darker as there were no street lights except for a few in the mall down the road. I managed to steer to the right into this empty parking lot before the tire completely gave out near the one mall light I could get to.

This particular mall was out in nowhere and way down in a ravine. Vision would be difficult in daylight to see the parking lot from the road, but almost impossible at night.

As I turned the car off, a fear set in I had never felt before. It was as if the devil had opened the passenger side door and sat down. It was tangible.  Horrific thoughts saturated my fragile mind.  Fears and torment of whom might come knocking on my windows swept over me like a storm.

I was shaking all over; the sweat poured down my face and I began to cry.  I really didn’t know what I was going to do. At least it was summer and I wouldn’t freeze to death.

Cell phones did not exist back in 1981. Looking back having one would have changed this “earthly hell” completely. I was terrified to get out of the car to look for a pay phone; from where I sat there was none in sight.


The fear by now had completely taken over my senses. Was I going to sit here all night alone and fearful to even look out of the windows of my car? Would it be morning before someone found me? How could I possibly sleep? Some stranger may attempt to open my non-electronic doors and grab me taking me into the unknown to do whatever they wanted. I cried more and slid down into the seat so no one could see me; not that anyone was around. It was then that a still, small voice I somewhat recognized told me to pray.

Weeping” I said, “God, I haven’t talked to you in a very long time, but if you are listening, please help me.”

Drenched in my tears, thoughts of what to do clouded my mind. Terror-stricken to make a run for anything because there was nowhere to run to but being stranded, locked in my car was also just as frightening.  I cried out to God for him to do something. Anything.

About 10 minutes after I first prayed I peered slightly over the top of my steering wheel. There were two lights on the highway in the distance heading my way. A transfer truck signals revealed he would be turning into this large, empty dark parking lot because there was nowhere else to turn. I remember thinking, “why is he coming here?”

He parked the truck about 50 feet in front of me but to the left. My heart was racing; I could feel it beating out of my chest I was so scared.

The Cross

A small black guy around the age of 30 jumped down out of the truck and waved to me. Realizing my fear he stayed about 20 feet from the front of my car and told me I had a flat tire. He said “I am here to help you. Do not be afraid. If you will open the latch to your left, I will get the spare tire in your trunk out and change it.”

He made it clear I did not have to get out and he would keep his distance. I motioned him to go ahead and pulled the trunk latch open.  As he walked around to the trunk I noticed a rather large silver cross around his neck.

There was something very different about this young man. He was dressed in nice, khaki pants, with a short sleeved shirt. He had a baseball cap on his head and a beautiful smile.

It wasn’t his clothes or his smile that caught my attention.  He possessed a natural countenance of joy and charisma. A purity and innocent strength surrounded this stranger as he passed by me.

All of a sudden I felt the evil leave the front seat as if it physically moved.  Peace filled the inside of my car and covered me with protection.

He went to work as I sat there, waiting but not moving. Once finished, he walked in front of the car and spoke,

“You are ready to go. I put the spare tire on; just drive slowly and make sure tomorrow you buy a new tire.”

Holding a 20 dollar bill up to pay him, he shook his head and said “no thanks, the best thing you can do for me is go home, get some sleep and make sure from now on you don’t stay out so late.”

As he jumped into his truck, he waved goodbye and drove off.

The Realization

Safe and secure in my apartment I changed into my pajamas and began washing my face. Looking at myself in the mirror it suddenly hit me.

How could this person I had never seen before know my tire was flat?

How did he know I had a spare in the trunk?  It was the right back tire. It was impossible for him to see it.  For all he knew no one was in the car because I was hiding under the steering wheel.

Retracing his words he informed me I had a flat tire and a spare in the trunk. He also told me he had come to help me.  It was as if he knew this information long before he arrived. Deep in my heart it felt like he knew me, as if he had been coached on my life story. The light went off in my head and I heard that voice again telling me,

“I sent you an Angel.”

Unsure of the true existence of angels at that age in my life, 23, I crawled into bed and pondered this thought. Did God care enough about me to actually do something like this and if so why? I didn’t deserve anything from God.

Years later….

The years have come and gone since that frightful night, but one thing I know for sure. In my adult walk with the Lord, I know for certain Angels do exist because God sent one to rescue me. I have no doubt in my heart or mind this man was a very real Angel.

I have never seen him again.  Don’t know what his name was.  He appeared out of nowhere as if he was sent specifically to rescue me.

He knew me. I could feel that he knew me. The timing of his arrival; the cross around his neck; his transcendent presence. The immediate removal of the fear in my car left as he walked by it leaving a supernatural peace that passed all my understanding.

I remember it like it was yesterday. The details have been reminders of God’s shelter of guardianship over my life.

I felt completely cared for; safely wrapped in a love so pure I knew I had experienced a divine visitation.

How do I know this? God told me. And I lived it.






31 thoughts on “God Rescued me. He sent an Angel. He really did. No joke.

  1. Cathy,

    Angels certainly do exist. What a blessed way for you to experience that truth. Your experience reminded me of the truth that the Lord is CONSTANTLY watching over and caring for us…. It boggles the mind to think that the Sovereign Lord over all things has the time, patience and ability to watch over all His people all the time, but it is true.

    I am so thankful to have a God that loves me and is so concerned about me. Thanks so much for this great reminder. I really need it today. It was a wonderful unexpected blessing. Take care… Lord bless you my friend.

    • Thanks Rob. I have been waiting to write this until God gave me the sign. Strader did it. For the skeptics, I am not concerned what they think. An event like that never leaves you; maybe due to the fear but the rescue was totally miraculous. And yes, you are so right that how in the world does God have time for all he does for us? My daughter is 23 and a Christian but questioning so many facets of it. She has strayed but not far; I told her I wrote this. I told her I ask God frequently to send her a lot of Angels. Her birth is a miracle that I will post on July 19th; another Damascus Road trip for me. God bless.

  2. I love testimonies like this. They increase my faith to believe for more.


  3. Breahtaking. I know what you mean by the fear; even dudes get this way.

  4. Love the story! Angel’s have Blessed our family & friends with their helpful presence too!
    God Bless You!

  5. The Bible says angels are ministering spirits sent to those who are God’s children. So I believe in them, but also because I fell from a cliff at age 19, and felt my hand grabbed as I was plummeting down the side, and then I was lifted back to the top, where my friends stood 50 feet away. They did not save me, and no one else stood around. I can tell you I was about half way down when I felt my hand grabbed, and I remember everything about the side of that cliff and the sight of the bottom where I would have fallen to my death. I believe in angels, and from that moment I knew there was a reason God saved me.

    • Wow! thank you for telling me that but you need to write that as a blog post! Tell the story because I believe God is wanting his miracles opened up to others who especially are having a difficult time believing. People want to see miracles and read about them; and yours is definitely a miracle….yes, I believe God’s angels are all around us…blessings..

      Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

      • I will someday, when God leads me to. For some reason it seems that through so many things in my life where I felt the hand of God at work, those are the things that he doesn’t often bring out in my writing as much as when I’m responding to someone as encouragement for them. When I write it is usually at his inspiration and I often don’t remember much of what I write, especially when it is devotionals, scripts for churches, or poetry for him. It’s odd, but that is how it often works.

      • I do understand. And the Holy Spirit giving the go ahead is the key to reaching people. What I find amazing is how God has used so many times in my life where it looked bad and he just showed up and showed off! I love it!

        Cathy Craig Neil, PMIC/Guardian Property Management, LLC 803-840-1946 blog: http://www.craigmotor.wordpress.com author/columnist: http://www.believers.bay.com

      • Me too! The Lord is amazing in that when we need him most he is always there ready to show his great love and compassion for us.

  6. Wonderful account of your experience with the angel. God is amazingly loving and kind.

  7. Hey Hun 🙂 First thank you for the loving words ♥ You got me choking back my tears at work LOL people wondering what wrong with me LOL! But I am used to that. Second, this post is completly awesome! It is a good feeling to know that God is hear with us and that He loves. I find it awesome that He will command His angels concerning us, to guard us in all of our ways and that they will lift up their hands so that we will not strike out foot against a stone (ps 91 11-12). We serve a great and mighty God. I am reading as I am responding to you LOL and the word goes on to say this is starting at 14:
    “Because he[b] loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
    15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
    16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

    • Keep posting and sharing .. I told people are overcome they triumph by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our TESTIMONY. Don’t sit on what God has done for you … you never know who maybe reading or listening or watching!

  8. Pingback: Send an Angel | Lady Deidre

  9. Reblogged this on Christian Comfort & Conversation Cafe and commented:
    What a testimony this is by Naphatali. Thank you Jesus for being so present in our time of need.

  10. I am truly blessed. I believe angels are real. I had an encounter some years ago and I still wonder where that old lady went so fast. God loves us more than we will ever know.

  11. Thanks God I’m reading this! Thank you Cathy for sharing, it is indeed inspiring to know how God is continuously working and made you a blessing for all of us! 😀 God bless and I missed you!!!

  12. Reblogged this on Strader612 and commented:
    Another great post from one of my many favorite bloggers! Enjoy!

  13. Hi Cathy, I also believe in Angels and like you I thank God for them, a wonderful story Cathy and like mine very hard to sum up in ordinary happenings, I will leave you the link to what also must have been Angels sent by God to rescue me, it’s a bit long to share here. I gave it to Dei today as she also had a wonderful encounter with Angels.


    We will be leaving soon for our Holidays and I need to pack which takes me a little longer then most so will have to limit my Blogging, I will be doing a Post to let everyone know but just wanted to tell you personally. I will be taking a lap top but it is a bit primitive still I hope I will be able to keep in touch even if in a limited way. I have not been well it is part of my disability so was not really keeping up with all the commenting but hope to do more when I have had a rest.

    We will back at the end of May, take care Cathy

    Christian Love Anne.

  14. This was amazing! I am touched by the gentleness of God. He really rescued you AND traded your fear for peace!! Oh Lord, You are so awesome! Thank You for sending us angels to help when we are in need!!

    • Thank you Jennifer and yes God is so amazing! The closer I get to God the more supernatural events keep happening. I love the gifts of the Spirit! God bless you!

  15. Hi Naphtali, Thank you for “liking” my post on http://www.tnlighthouse.wordpress.com ~ “Objects In Mirror…”
    I so enjoyed your post about God’s Angel. I have had a couple Angel encounters that I know about for sure and we probably have many more that we don’t realize. Hebrews 13:1-2 speaks of entertaining Angels unaware.

    I look forward to reading more from you. Be Blessed!
    Rev. Corliss Acosta
    (just call me Corliss)

    • Hi Corliss, yes I have had other Angel visitations; and as you said more that I probably don’t know about. Thank the good Lord for them! Your blog post on the LGBT strikes a chord with people. God loves the sinner, but hates the sin. I pray for them to be delivered. If they only knew the truth!

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