Angels I've Met Along the Way

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Chapter 1 (v.1) - The Abyss of the Heart

Submitted: July 27, 2018

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Kneeling to pray, Dr. Kelly sends out a plea to her Father in Heaven of a type that she hasn’t prayed since she was a small child. Ever since taking on a brand new client, she has suddenly felt an inexplicable void in her life that rematerialized out of the blue, so to speak. It is as if there were suddenly a hole in her chest that was letting in cold air. It is a combination ache, yearning, and feeling of not being who she appears to be and not being who she ought to be at the same time. It is a void that makes her feel vulnerable, cheated, and otherwise poorer for not filling. When she was a young girl, especially before the adoption of her little brother Mike, she would say the same prayer.

Though many decades have gone by, she still remembers that sense of knowing and loss like it was yesterday. She is seeking to finally be fulfilled by gaining the answer to the greatest mystery in her life, no matter the risks, no matter the heart aches, no matter the ultimate truth. It’s a gap in her life that she longs to satisfy as she recites the words of her girlhood prayer from heart:

“Dear God, Abba Father in Heaven, thank you for hearing my plea. There is a great treasure that I have lost and I am a diamond waiting to be found. Please help us to find one another and to finally fill the treasure-chest. This hole in my soul needs to be relieved! I know that all things are blessed and planned by you Lord, and that there is a reason for every one of our journeys. If I am on the right track, and if I am going in the right direction, please show me a sign. In Jesus name I pray, amen.”

Dr. Kelly is a firm believer in not playing “Bible roulette” to receive her answers from above. Many years ago, she remembers hearing a pastor talk of the dangers of placing your prayers in the fickle hands of fate by closing one’s eyes, making a fervent wish, opening a Bible without looking, and placing a finger on a scripture to see what it says as a divine answer to prayer. She still recalls the story the pastor told with both a feeling of horror and mirth, as he shared the tale of a congregation member who came to him quite distraught in the early days of his ministry.

Seeking to play Bible roulette, the parishioner had sent a heartfelt request to God in prayer, then opened his Bible and randomly placed his finger on a page to derive an answer from the verse that appeared.

To his shock, the scripture turned out to be Matthew 27:5, “So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.” Shocked and frightened by the verse that chance had selected for him, and which he fervently hoped was not the answer to his prayer, he desperately performed another act of Bible roulette again. This time, his hapless finger landed upon a portion of a verse in Luke 10:37, “Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’” It wasn’t long after that unpleasant surprise that the man, shaking and white as a sheet, turned up on the pastor’s doorstep.

Yes, Dr. Kelly had learned an important lesson from that man’s foibles, but she still believed in signs despite the fact that never in her life had she received a sign concerning the particular subject of this prayer. Fortunately, on that warm and windless morning, without Dr. Kelly moving a finger, the pages on her open Bible began to turn from an invisible source (which she later discovered was her air conditioner that the thermostat had just happened to activate at that moment).

Generally, when her A/C unit clicked in, it ran for at least 15 minutes, but not today. Almost as soon as the pages in her Bible started flipping one past another, the A/C turned off, but not before blowing the ribbon of her bookmark so that it pointed to a particular verse found in Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

Dr. Kelly pondered this sign in her heart, What could be the meaning of this verse, and what does it have to do with whom I seek? 

At that exact same moment, a young lady, approximately 12 miles away, also kneels in prayer. Sarah is a vivacious young woman who comes with strong family ties. She knows what it is like to support and be supported. Her entire existence, she has been enveloped in the unshakeable love of her parents, brother, sisters, uncle, aunt, nephews and nieces, yet despite the overwhelming love among them, there is a gap that has never been filled.

Although she has known her fair share of lovers and suitors, she knows deep in her heart that something/someone is missing. But unlike a certain doctor, whom coincidence has decreed she was now meeting, Sarah knows exactly who she is looking for. It is the finding that is the problem. Though Sarah doesn’t pray often enough, which she full well knows, on her knees this morning she feels an unexplainable urgency to utter a prayer similar to one that she hasn’t said in a long time. She turns down the stereo playing one of her favorite songs, “Diamond” by Rihanna.

“My dear Lord, it’s Sarah here, and although I want to thank you for all the love and support that you’ve given me in full measure, please forgive me if it seems selfish of me to ask for something more. You know my heart and you know for whom I long. If it is your will, please answer my prayer and bring us together soon. It has been so long, Lord, and I do not know how far apart our paths have taken us, but for some reason, at this moment, I feel closer than ever. If it be your will, please show me a sign that what was lost is about to be found. I humbly ask this in your name, my Lord and Savior. Amen.”

At that moment, Sarah’s black cat, a part-Siamese named Chiquita, suddenly darts from her pillow across her dresser, and comes to a skidding halt on her Bible, sending up a small cloud of dust, since it hasn’t been opened in some time. Lifting the naughty girl from the Good Book, she glances at the verse that has been hidden by her right front paw, and which she has been reluctant to lift from the page. It is a verse from the New Testament. It is from Hebrews 13:2 to be exact.

Pondering what this scripture could mean, she glances at her clock and realizes that she had better get ready for her counseling session. She is a new client with a lot of past baggage from former relationships, and taking her minister’s advice, she has started meeting with an amazing lady named Dr. Kelly, and in an hour is about to have a session with her for the second time. She gets in her car and immediately turns on her CD player and sings along “So shine bright, tonight, you and I. We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky. Eye to eye, so alive. We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky.”


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