I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Exodus 23:20
Do you believe in angels? I do. Not the chubby little cherubs with little white wings protruding from their backs that we see depicted on cards and in magazines, but the spiritual beings God created as His messengers to assist, protect, and deliver His people.
Psalm 91:11 says, “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” I believe God did that for Earl… and for me.
Every time Earl left on a motorcycle trip, I wondered if it would be the last time I saw him. But this time, it never crossed my mind. Odd when I think about it.
With all my heart I believe that God blocked those thoughts because He knew Earl was going to ride his motorcycle all the way to the other side of eternity.
I believe that God spared me the anxiety of anticipating the reality of his death.
I believe He orchestrated the events of that day to ease Earl’s transition from here to there without causing harm to anyone else.
And I believe He surrounded me with His hand-selected people to comfort me and ease my transition from life with Earl to life without him.
I can’t imagine that God’s handling of Earl’s passing from this world to the next could get any better than that; but it did. As if to assure me that He ushered Earl all the way home, God sent Earl’s riding buddy, Mitchell, back to tell me about an interesting occurrence after Earl went down.
He said a little black lady appeared out of no where and placed a rosary on Earl’s back and prayed for him as he lay sprawled on the Interstate. Then she simply disappeared. He didn’t know where she came from and didn’t know where she went.
The Bible says that sometimes we are not aware that there are angels in our midst. Could she have been an angel? We may never know; but the medics, hospital personnel and funeral home folks made sure that the evidence stayed with him until I received it with the rest of his belongings.
To me, that rosary represents God’s faithfulness to Earl in sending an angel ahead of him to guard him all along the way to the place God prepared for him.
And I believe with all my heart, as a friend reminded me, “Earl is no longer seeing through a glass dimly but has a full view of God and His glory.”
That full view of God and His glory awaits all of us if we only believe.