“The angel (I don’t know what else to call her) said that life is an endless cycle of improvements and that humans are not perfect yet. She said that most people have this secret revealed to them when they die, but that handicapped children often know this and endure their problems without complaining because they know that their burdens will pass. Some of these children, she said, have even been given the challenge of teaching the rest of us how to love.” – Dr. Frank Oski
I just finished this really interesting article titled, “Are Angels For Real?” and it made me think of an angel encounter I had. I’ve had many, like at least a dozen since childhood. But for some reason this particular angel story came to mind so I thought I’d share it with you. My husband dropped me off at LAX to catch an international flight to Ecuador. I was supposed to meet my friend Miranda for a missions trip, and it was my first time flying to South America or alone on an international flight. I had Clarence drop me off at the United gate because that’s what it said on my itinerary, but I had this strange feeling in my gut as I waved goodbye. When I got to the front counter, the associate couldn’t find my information. Then after a few attempts she told me, “Oh, do you see this tiny print? It says that your flight is operated by TACA International and that is on the opposite side of the airport.” I don’t know if you have ever been to LAX, but the opposite side is not exactly walking distance.
I panicked. I tried not to, but I did. I called on my track and field muscle memory and took off running to the other side of the airport. I took the “short cut” through the parking lot, and after a solid 10 minute run, drenched in sweat, I made it to the TACA gate. The woman greeted me with a smile and asked, “Do you have any bags to check in?” And suddenly I realized that in my moment of panic I left my bag at the United ticket counter.