Spirit of the Badge

Wake Up!


About five or six years ago, I had just gotten off work and was driving home alone, towards Adrian, Michigan.  It was close to midnight and I was tired after working the afternoon shift.  I was driving about sixty-five miles an hour along a highway with farming fields on both sides when I fell asleep at the wheel of my small pick-up truck.  My truck was headed straight for the north shoulder of the road.

Just as my vehicle hit the gravel on the shoulder, I heard a loud voice shouting, “WAKE UP!” WAKE UP!”  I opened my eyes and realized I was looking at the steering wheel section just above my lap.  My head was tilted forward; I knew I had been sound asleep.

Awake now, I looked toward the passenger seat and saw a man sitting there.  He was staring me right in the face, leaning toward me, and yelling at me to wake up.  I could only see his outline because a bright glow seemed to come from within and around him.  We were looking at each other, eye-to-eye, but the brightness was so great, I could only see the contours of his face and body.  I’ll never forget his intent stare.

I immediately looked forward and realized I was approaching the top edge of the ditch.  I didn’t panic.  I took my foot off the gas and steered back towards the roadway.  Once I had the truck under control, I looked toward my passenger–but no one was there.  I could still see a dim light glowing, but it soon faded away.

It was no dream.  I saw a man, and I felt his presence in my truck.  This is an experience I will never forget.  If I had driven off the roadway at the speed I was going, chances are my truck would have flipped and death or serious injury would have been the consequence.

I truly believe a guardian angel saved my life that night.


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"You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything --even poverty--you can survive it."
--Bill Cosby