Ben's

  
                                        
'I met an Angel'

I would like to share a testimony with you all, this expierience I had years ago is the very thing that turned my life
around, and was the beggining of my return to Jesus. When I was 15, my mother and I got into an argument. I don't
remember over what now, but she was telling me that God wanted me to get my temper under contro. I, in my
ignorance said, "Forget God,"  but not in those words. I said this out loud, and everyone with in ear shot heard this.
An elderly lady, bless her, who lived in the same housing project as us, repremanded me severely on what I said.

 And yet it was not until a year later that I fully understood the reality of my words, and that God is not limited to the
way He gets through. At the time I was doing drugs, and hanging out with men who were quite older than I, and were
of ill repute. And because I was larger than the average 16 yr old, I thought I was invincible, and so I would hang out
on the streets, drinking, fighting, and going to areas of the city that were not exactly safe. Ffor which once, due to a
man thinking I was a NARC, would have sliced my throat if I had not assured him I wasn't.

 It was after one of these many night's, when I was headed home sitting at the bus stop, it was early morning, about 6
am that I met him. As i was sitting there, from the left I noticed an older man walking up to the stop. He was dressed
like a bum and walked with a slight limp that made him move slow. He walked up and sat right next to me. I sat for a
minute and then looked at him and he was staring at me with a slight smile, so I moved over away from him. He then
moved over again, at which point I started to get annoyed. And as I was about to say something, he asked me "What
are you doing out here"? "Do you know your mother is worried about you"? I looked at him, I was angry with this old
man, I felt he was judging me. I told him that he didn't know me and what I do is none of his business !! He said
something about my atitude, but I didn't really pay attention to what he said because i saw my bus coming. He then
said those words I have and will never forget, he said, "YOU CURSED GOD, DIDN'T YOU ?"

 I was shocked, I looked at him stunned. He then said, "ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU DON'T DO THAT AGAIN !"
My bus was there and I stood up shocked and boarded the bus,  payed my fair quickly. As I turned to go to the back,
the bus had began to roll away.  I looked up to see the old man gone.

 Now let me explain the scene, besides the fact he had a slight limp ..... between the bus stop to both sides, was at
least 3-4 blocks before there was another road, he did'nt walk towards me or else I would have seen him as the bus
drove by, and unless he somehow made it 3-4 blocks in a matter of seconds he simply disappeared. This small detals
came to me much later including, his demeanor. The way he looked at me was the same way an old friend that knows
you would if they were seeing if you recognized him. Although he "looked" like a bum, he didn't smell, his eye's
were clear, and steady, his skin although seemingly wrinkled, was not worn.

 Once I got home my mother was awake, she said she had been praying for me all night, I then told her about what
happened and she prayed with me and I asked/begged God to forgive me. Needless to say, I have never, not even in a
moment of anger, said those words again,. I thank God, He had mercy on me. I  could have died in that sin. And as my
mother used to tell me, 'God protects babies and fools.' Well I was not a baby, so I must have been a fool. And, in my
ignorance and foolishness I did not control my tounge. And so the Lord sent that Angel to warn me.  I feel had I not
heeded it and dismissed it as "coincidence" I don't think I would be here telling you about it today. I truely believe
and feel that God gives everyone an opportunity to know and love Him in life. The Lord may use a friend, a
father/mother, a brother/sister, a stranger, a dream, or maybe even an Angel, but if one listens the message can be
clear,. For me, it was and I heeded it.

 God is always watching, and know's every thought and word we think and say, and like He says "We will give an
account for every idol word". For the Bible says "Beware how you entertain strangers, for some have entertained
Angels unaware". It is an expierience I will never forget, and those words I have never spoken again ...  as I am better
aware now of the Almight Power of God and I fear him.  And the last thing I want to do is stand in his way. Yes God is
not mocked, for, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God" And if more were aware of this,  many
of the things we say and do .... we wouldn't !! Christ admonished us on the use of our mouth. James 5: 12 says

"But above all things my bretheren swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath, but
let your 'yea be yea', and your 'nay be nay', lest ye fall into condemnation."

With Respect & Love in Christ !

Ben




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