“There are angels among us “, is something you hear all the time and especially in this Christmas season. We see it in movies too, the movie industry loves a good “angel on earth” story. Even some of our most beloved Christmas movies like, “It’s a wonderful life” are centered on this theme. You hear stories about people helping strangers, and this or that happened, and maybe it was an angel, never knowing what to believe.
“As the person who was walking down the highway in the pitch dark approached our driveway last night, I thought I knew who it might be. I open the door to the front porch, to call out and ask if they were alright, but it was not who I thought it was. It was no one I had ever seen before. A stranger.”
WHY I DIDN’T GET MY “DAY #4” CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE BLOG POST OUT LAST NIGHT!
-I was busy talking to the police!
I had just started making supper last night, when I looked out the window above my kitchen sink, to see a truck driving unusually slow down the highway, which was generally busy with evening traffic, this time of the day.
I watched for a while and realized he was following slowly behind a person who was walking down the side of the road. The person was stumbling and tripping, while looking back at the truck, as if to imply the person in the truck was the one acting strange by following, not the person drunkenly weaving over the white line into traffic, down the side of the dark, busy highway.
As they approached our place, the person crossed in front of the truck into our driveway, walking up towards the house!
I thought I knew who it was, so I open the door to the front porch to call out and ask if they were alright.
It was not who I thought it was, and she was a stranger to me.
A disheveled looking women, with tennis shoes, jeans and a long furry coat, no hat on this cold evening, and a crazed look on her face, came over and stood by the steps of the porch, talking as she walked closer.
She said she had just gotten in a fight with her husband, and had jumped out of the car to walk. Her eyes were especially large, as she talked about seeing “….a huge cat! A mountain lion…just back there!”, and she kept looking over her shoulder, and fidgeting while she told her story, much of the details were contradicting.
I told her my husband had a phone she could use as we walked toward the barn, and she continued to talk more about the “huge cat” that growled at her, just down the road. I brought her down to the barn because Drew was feeding cows still, and I didn’t want her to come in the house with the kids. She had a hard time walking straight, and when I brought her through the milkhouse to go in to the barn, the echoing close noise of the vacuum pump washing the lines, made her almost fall over.
All the while, I couldn’t help but wonder if the whole situation was what it appeared or something more?
Unfortunately in this day and age even when you are helping someone, it is hard to not be skeptical. Her odd behavior suggesting that she was on something, had me on guard and I kept an eye on the house where the kids were, while she attempted to call someone.
She was anxious and nervous and didn’t want to stay in the barn very long, and despite our offers to help, she choose to continue walking towards the “nearest town”, still talking about a mountain lion, but leaving the warmth and the safety of the barn, nonetheless.
I walked back up to the house, all the while thinking to myself, “I have been watching too many Hallmark Christmas movies” …..
…..because my mind had gone everywhere from her being an angel, to the scarier versions of it being a distraction, while someone robbed us or worse took one of the kids, to fearing for her safety out in the cold dark night all alone. When it really was just a women, making poor choices and concerning others with her behavior.
I called the police to see if they could send someone out to look for her and make sure she made it home alright, and awhile later we spent an hour or more talking with an officer, looking through police mug shots, adding to the description I gave dispatch earlier, and trying to help identify the wandering stranger who he was unable to locate, even though he drove the highways in both directions for a long time in search of her.
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.”
Now was this women an angel? Oh, probably not since she had symptoms of doing drugs! But is she a person in need of help, and care? Yes!
Take care of each other!
Here is a super simple, 3 minute fudge recipe I have to give to you today, with just a handful of ingredients and no candy thermometers involved it’s so easy, anyone can do it!
Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge
1 bag Dark Chocolate Chips
1 bags Milk Chocolate Chips
1 can Sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp of vanilla extract
1 cup roughly chopped dried cherries
Grease two 8×8 or one 9×11 pan, set aside. and if you like cut a piece of parchment to fit in the bottom.
In a medium sauce pan, melt chocolate chips stirring constantly, add vanilla once the chocolate is melted and stir in the sweetened condensed milk. The fudge will thicken as you stir, try to remove any lumps and lastly add in the dried cherries. Pour into pan, cover almost completely with plastic wrap, leaving a small corner open to let heat out. Cool completely for several hours before cutting. ENJOY!
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!