When Angels Eat Chips

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people
have entertained angels without knowing it
. Hebrews 13:2

Have you ever been certain that you entertained an angel?

We met an angel on Tuesday. The stranger the circumstances the more certain I am that something beautifully supernatural is going in.

We were headed to Clara’s speech therapy appointment and stopped at a busy intersection to let a woman walk past. She walked with a strange slow shuffle. Naturally, I looked at her feet to see if there was something wrong. To my surprise I saw that she was wearing men’s shoes that were many many many sizes too big for her.  I half expected her to straight wipe out in the cross walk. 

She was walking so slowly that I was able to get a good look at her. Her shirt had holes in it. She looked as though she was an older woman. She was eating a large bag of chips as she slowly shuffled across the street.   Something about her was so strange and extraordinary that I recognized it as a divine appointment.

I didn’t have an extra shirt to give her, but I was willing to give her my shoes. There is not a thing that I own that I would not be willing to give away if someone needs it more than I do. I called Clara’s speech therapist and told her that we would be a couple of minutes late. I also asked if I would be allowed to enter the building without shoes. Our speech therapist laughed and said “sure!”.  She knows me well enough to know that if I don’t have shoes on, there is probably a very entertaining story to share. 

We followed our strange friend to a side road where we could stop and talk with her. I pulled over and introduced myself. I told her that we noticed her shoes and wondered if she would like a pair that fit better. I tried to hand mine to her through the car window. She smiled a beautiful smile and offered me some chips. She reached through the window and said “Hi! I’m Anna from Hawaii! I don’t need shoes but let’s be friends.”.

I was a bit shocked by her reaction. I had that second of “Wait. What just happened”.  While my mind was reeling with how to respond, I was able to get a good look at her. She was not an old woman at all. In fact she had the most beautiful face and eyes that I had ever seen. It’s like she transformed from old to young right before my eyes. Her smile was genuine and her eyes were kind.

I told my new friend Anna that I was so pleased to meet her and that I could now brag that I have a friend from Hawaii. I told her that it was on my heart to bless her and asked her what she needed. She just kept eating her chips and smiling. She said there was nothing she needed. I offered her a ride. I told her that I would love to pray a prayer of blessing over her before we left. After all, that’s what friends do.

I prayed over my new friend, and I spent a moment encouraging her. I thanked her for her time then drove away. I looked in my rearview mirror as we left and watched her grab another handful of chips. All I could do was smile. I was certain that I had just had a divine appointment with an angel.

Have you ever been suspicious that you might have entertained an angel? Id love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below.

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