Believe In Guardian Angels?
Have you ever
believed in the faith that certain things happen for a reason?
Events will occur for the reason of preventing something else from
happening. Perhaps, by faith of a guardian angel watching over us and
having an influence on the decisions we make that could play a pivotal point
in our lives. It was never something I thought much of until a rainy
Monday night back in November of 2000.
weekend of November 10th, I had driven to Santa Barbara for the wedding
of a friend. I left after work the previous night. The Saturday
after the wedding, I would take a drive further South to meet some
other friends who were flying into Orange County. We would spend the
entire weekend throughout Southern California in Anaheim, Hollywood, Beverly
Hills, Monterey Park, Ontario, and Pasadena. Needless to say, little
sleep was had that entire weekend. With less than three hours
worth of sleep, we departed for the Bay Area late Sunday evening after
dinner with other friends. After driving through the night with
one stop at lovely Denny's, we arrived in the San Jose area after sunrise.
I drove straight into work and started the long work day after one short
nap. Unfortunately, I had too many face to face commitments that day,
otherwise I would have made it a telecommute day from the comfort of my
bed with a laptop beside me.
At the end of
my Monday in the office, I went to my Jeep Cherokee and discovered that the
battery was drained. It wasn't completely dead, but clearly it
did not have enough juice for just the internal lights and instruments
to stay on. At that point of the day, I was extremely tired and
the weather was pouring rain. I decided I just didn't have the energy
to jumpstart my car during a heavy rainstorm. Fortunately, a good
friend and co-worker, Kristen was kind enough to go out of her way and
drive me home that evening. The effort was certainly appreciated
considering she would drive me home to San Francisco only to turn
around and drive back to San Jose. During the ride home on
US 101, I was fighting to stay awake. Anyone who has ever
deprived themselves of sleep should be familiar with the feeling of
trying to keep their eyes open and staying focused on what is in front of
them. I remember seeing things on the road that wasn't there believing
objects were in the path of the car. The mind sees strange things when
there is a lack of sleep. I remember being in mid-conversation
with Kristen when I dozed off in the middle of saying something and in turn,
I started talking in my sleep. I oddly finished my sentence saying
something to the extent of "don't stab me," as I dozed off into
the sleep deprived state of mind. Later that night, I couldn't
help but think what if I had driven home myself that evening in
the rain. I would have likely been in the same condition and would not
have been in a clear state of consciousness behind the wheel.
morning, I drove to work with one of my other cars intending to jumpstart
the Jeep. When I opened the driver side door, all lights were on.
Without any problems, I was able to turn the ignition key and start the
engine. I did not have to jumpstart the Jeep. I
drove the car home and it didn't have any trouble restarting. So
why did the battery go out on me the night before? I thought
perhaps I bumped the headlight switch. But it was on the off
position. Maybe I listened to the radio too long while taking my
early morning nap before starting the work day. But would 15
minutes of listening to the radio after driving the car for 6 hours kill a
battery? Surely, the alternator would have kept the battery
charged. Or could this have been the work of outside forces preventing
me from getting behind the wheel?
So again, I
pose the question. Do you believe in Guardian Angels? I
can't prove that it was the work of a higher power keeping me from
getting behind the wheel that night. All I know is I
was most likely better off for not driving home that Monday evening.
Sometimes you should just surrender to the belief that things can keep
happening to prevent something else from happening.