This part of the story defies any explanation in the natural realm… ~When we were still in our unbelief, God showed His great love for us~ Rom 5:8
Three years ago my brother called me out of the blue. While I was thrilled because I hadn’t heard from him during the previous 4 years, I was also really surprised and curious… He was really agitated and he urged me to get in touch with my original orthopedic surgeon to track down the name of one of his former nurses…
Filling me in on a part of the story of my accident I had never heard before, my brother told me about the woman he picked up in a bar that night. She was a petite brunette that had clearly had a hard life (He used a specific euphemism here about a woman used by men), and when the two of them arrived at my mother’s house in the middle of the night, Mom had just received the phone call from the police advising her of my accident. My brother and this woman raced to the accident scene, (I was still in the car as paramedics used the jaws of life to pry it open), and then they followed the ambulance to the hospital. This woman, a former orthopedic nurse, talked her way into the emergency room trauma center, convinced the doctors considering amputation to hold off on the procedure, and then called Dr. Douglas Ridey, her former employer, asking him to take my case! For 25 years I thought Dr. Ridey “happened” to be on call that night, when in actuality he was called by this unlikely “angel”!! MIRACLE after MIRACLE, right?
I tried to find this woman, but with nothing but a vague, 25 year old physical description, and a phone number that simply reached a doctor’s exchange, I struck out. (If any of you “happens” to know Dr. Ridey, please let him know I’m still going strong 🙂 ). When I called my brother back a few days later, he revealed why he had been so persistent before. Now living in a small town in Kansas, he had experienced a very strange visitor. One night, he came home late from work and, not wanting to disturb his sleeping girlfriend, he decided to crash on the couch. Later, when he himself was in a deep sleep, a woman walked through the unlocked front door, made her way to the bedroom without waking him, and sat on the edge of the bed. My brother’s girlfriend later described this woman to my brother as petite, brunette, and with the same euphemism for having lived a hard life. The stranger asked my brother’s girlfriend about “Cara’s knee”, made a little more small talk to the bewildered girlfriend, and then quietly stood up and walked out the door! My brother’s girlfriend, who had no idea he even had a sister, woke him immediately with the story, and wouldn’t you know, that would be enough for him to re-connect with me? (In my family this in itself is a miracle— we have lots of estranged relatives, but even more so, now my brother was willing to talk about the possibility of God’s existence!! MIRACLE!!) Is this woman an angel? I don’t know. But I am SO thankful God has brought her into my life TWICE in such powerful, life-affirming ways!!