GOD’S GUARDIAN ANGEL ON DUTY
Having worked in a hospital as a Chaplain, when I read this story it brought back many memories. Let it inspire you to believe that God never sleeps, His eyes are on His children day and night. The lady who wrote this did not sign her name. But that doesn’t matter because all glory and honor and praise goes to our God.
She told how she received a phone call one evening from the pediatric ICU at Presbyterian Hospital, in Charlotte, NC, where she worked as a child life specialist. Usually, when being called at night, it means something bad has happened. This, however, was different. Her coworker told her that the most amazing thing had just happened and she just had to call to tell her about it.
They had a young patient who had grown up while coming in and going out of this hospital. All the staff knew her and her family. She had been in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for about a month now and was intubated and on life support. Her prognosis was not good. The doctors approached her mother about taking the girl off life support a few days earlier. It had been a long struggle, and after much prayer and consultation, her mother finally said it was okay. Her daughter had been through so much and if was her time to go she wanted to honor that. So they had her taken off.
But four days later she was still alive. Amazing! The doctors approached her mother about taking off her daughter’s oxygen mask. It was a painful idea, but the mother was supportive and began praying over her daughter. The mother of another young patient who was in the bed next to her began joining her in prayer. The nurse practitioner went to the nurses’ station to chart that the girl’s oxygen mask had been removed. In the process of writing in the chart, she glanced up at the security monitor that videotapes the double doors leading into the PICU. It records anyone who may be waiting outside the doors to get in since it is a secure unit. She noticed a man standing there, and he looked a little strange to her, so instead of pushing the button to let him in, she decided to walk down the hall to the double doors to check personally. When she opened the doors, no one was standing there.
She went back to the nurse’s station to finish charting, assuming he had walked away. But as soon as she looked at the monitor to make sure he was gone, he was still standing there in plain view. So she quickly opened the doors with a button near the nurses’ station and leaned over to see him walk in, but again, no one was standing there. She pulled another nurse over and both stood staring at this man on the monitor and opening the doors to find no one there. The nurse practitioner got close to the monitor and exclaimed, “Oh my gosh! That looks like an angel! Do you see his wings!” At that moment, the whole PICU was strangely filled with light. He appeared to be a tall man and you could see his wings behind him.
The rest of the staff of the PICU, along with the two praying mothers came running to stare at this figure on the monitor, while opening the doors only to find no one there. Crying, everyone pulled out their camera phones to take pictures, but no one could get it to show up on their camera. The mother of the girl pulled out her camera phone and finally got a picture of the angel who was guarding the doors to the PICU. He turned out as a man of light. Miraculously, the girl was discharged from the hospital a few days later to go home.
A Miracle! This story makes me so grateful for the way that God reveals Himself to us, and how Great He really is.
Living in a world that has no time for God, with people rushing around as though He doesn’t exist, it’s good to know that now and then He sends one of His angels just to let us know He is still there watching over us. If He did this miracle for this lady and her daughter, just remember, He may have an angel waiting for you. – Dr. Robert R Seyda