And so are God's people.
When her parents asked me if I needed a ride home
after a babysitting job late last night,
I said, "I think I'm all set, thanks."
Normally I take a golf cart from the club
up to the other side of the golf course and walk home from there.
It's only about a 3 minute drive followed by a 5 minute walk
all in familiar territory.
Late last night, when I got to the carts,
I stopped for a moment, wondering.
What was that noise coming from the woods?
Crazy shrieking, laughing, howling.
I was terrified.
"Lord, help me! What am I to do?
I can't go home alone tonight!"
And I prayed to my guardian angel
for help and protection
as I swallowed my pride
and went back to the room named "Courageous."
He was very understanding, and came down with me.
He took me home the long way,
the safe way,
six, seven minutes by car.
But this time, I will borrow my mother's cell phone
so that I can call my father late at night
to come take me home the long way,
the safe way,
five, six minutes by car.
Earlier, part of me wanted to attempt the cart drive and walk home
just to prove my faith in the protection of my guardian angel.
I was a little bit ashamed of being so scared last night!
Then I realized,
thinking about the Guardian Angel prayer,
that my fear was healthy and can be seen as guidance from my Guardian Angel.
After all, his job is not only to protect, but also to guide.
It would have been rash to have attempted to drive the cart through the woods and walk home on my own. Maybe nothing would have happened to me, but I have no way of knowing that.
God's grace works in mysterious ways.
My Guardian Angel saved me from the coyotes last night by letting me be afraid.
I prepare to go
and return safely from another babysitting job
with my father's help,
I pray to my Guardian Angel
in thanksgiving for the love he has shown me in the past
and in petition that I may always live under his protection
and in the light of his wisdom:
my guardian dear
to whom God's love
commits me here,
Ever this day
be at my side
to light and to guard
to rule and to guide.
Thanks be to God for my Guardian Angel,
for my father,
for my mother,
and for the kind people of Courageous.
Sweet Jesus, Jesus Love,
I love You!