Last week, we were watching BBC's Songs Of Praise and the theme was about angels.
For those who never watch the programme, let me explain that each week, there are a series of hymns interspersed with different people's experiences and a different church is visited each week.
I felt I needed to write down one of these testimonies, so what better place to start than on my blog?
A man was travelling by car with his wife and children, along a country road when he saw headlights coming towards him and he knew that there was going to be a head on collision with the car which was on the wrong side of the road. Even though the driver swerved to avoid the oncoming car there was an impact and he woke later, thinking he was about to die. There was broken glass everywhere.
His wife and children seemed unhurt and had been removed from the car by various helpers. However, the driver found himself unable to move and trapped by the legs. Smoke had started to appear from under the bonnet and nobody seemed to be able to help him.
There were woods all around the road and the man saw a dark figure coming towards him through the trees. Although there was thick undergrowth, the figure in a hoodie seemed to glide through it without any effort.
The figure looking like an ordinary person, opened the car door and sat unscathed on broken glass on the seat next to the trapped man. He put his arm around the man, who thought he was dying and who felt a tremendous energy coming from the figure and a sense of peace and calm was transmitted through his entire body. By then, the Ambulance and Police had arrived.
The figure started commanding everyone, telling them all with great authority, what to do.
He turned and told the man, "Whatever anyone may tell you, you and your wife and children will come through this and you will come out of it whole."
The figure then seemed to disappear.
The hospital he was taken to, wanted the man to sign a form giving permission to have his lower leg and foot amputated but remembering what the figure had assured him, he refused to do this.
I should imagine that the man thought he'd had a *near death experience* and that I was what I was thinking too.
However, what filled me with doubt about this was that the man did recover and his foot was saved but several weeks later, the Police came to interview the man and asked him, "Who was that man telling everyone what to do and where did he go?"
The ambulance crew were also wondering where the mystery man was. I suppose they wanted him as a witness and the fact that they'd all seen this figure made me think maybe it was an angel.
It would be interesting to hear what others think.