In the flow of our "Angels Among Us" topic in our Winter Spiritual Journal, contributor Roby Chevance shares a miraculous tale of an angel encounter that truly saved her life.

It was one of those rare rainy San Diego days. I had a 45-minute commute to work that was predominantly freeway. The standing joke in California is that, because rain is so rare, people do not know how to drive in it, and so traffic always becomes very backed up.

This rain-slowed traffic was going to make me late and so I pulled off the freeway to use a pay phone to call my office to let them know I would be late. (Yes, this happened a few years back.) What was strange about this is that I worked in commission only sales and if I was late, it wasn’t an issue.

What was also strange about this stop is that, when I got back into my car, I did not put my seatbelt on. Even though I was in my early 20’s, I had never driven without my seatbelt on. I just didn’t do it.

After getting back on the slick freeway, a car sped passed me doing about 90 miles an hour. They sped away from me and in the far distance, they changed lanes abruptly to avoid hitting a car. They then swerved out of control, did a 180 degree turn, and headed straight for me in my little Honda Accord.

I went to slam on my brakes and just at that moment an angel appeared in my passenger seat. I say it was an angel, but it was this HUGE, muscled black man wearing nothing but a tattered pair of shorts. He reached over with his enormous hand and grabbed my right thigh and held it so I could not put on the brake.

He must have held my leg for a mere moment and then just as suddenly as he appeared, he vanished. Everything moved into slow motion as the out-of-control car hit the front passenger side of my car then spun around, broadsided the rest of my car, and pushed my car into the guardrail. Upon the first impact I was thrown onto the passenger floor and was helpless as I felt the other impacts. There was brilliant white light everywhere and oddly complete silence. I remember calling out to God, “Oh God, please save me!” and then my car came to a stop.

In what seemed like a moment I heard a man’s voice yelling, “My name is Sam, I am an off-duty fireman. Are you alright?”

I couldn’t answer. All I could do was count to 10. I just kept counting to 10. I remember thinking that if I counted to 10, I wouldn’t pass out. I didn’t feel any pain, I just felt like I couldn’t move. Sam kept talking to me assuring me that help was on the way, and everything would be alright.

The firemen put a neck brace on me and somehow got me on a backboard and raced me to an ER. I remember an orderly straddling me, pulling my wrists with all his might to get my shoulders down to allow them to get a clear x-ray of my neck.

It was determined I had no severe injuries except soft tissue trauma and a concussion. (Which took me a year to recover from.) The off-duty fireman had stayed with me and said, “This is the first time in 30 years of service that I have seen someone’s life saved because they WEREN’T wearing their seatbelt. You’re one very lucky young lady.”

I asked him what he meant, and he said, “When you see your car, you will know what I mean. The steering wheel is where the back of your seat should be, and the engine is where you would have been. In fact, the only open area in the front of your car was where you were crumpled. If you would have been buckled in, you would have never survived that impact.”

In reflecting on my angel experience, had the angel not stopped me from slamming on my brakes, the oncoming car would have had more travel distance and the initial impact would have been head-on instead of on the side passenger fender creating even worse damage. This angel literally saved my life.

There is an indescribable feeling when an angel appears to you. You are aware of the presence of a holy and sacred messenger--a Divine Intervention from beyond the earthly realm. There is also no amount of skepticism that can challenge your memory. I can see this angel in my mind’s eye as if it were yesterday. An angelic intervention leaves you with a deep knowing that we are always being divinely guided and protected by those in a spiritual realm beyond our limited sight. And there is a peace that stays with you for a lifetime.

I am so grateful to all our angelic beings, spirit guides, and loved ones on the other side, that watch over us and work to support us in our mission here on Earth. I call them my ‘spiritual football team’. I know they have my back and I know I am deeply loved and cared for by each of them. I know you have the same love and support from your team on the other side as well. May you be blessed, comforted, and inspired by their loving and watchful presence in your life.

An ordained Minister of Religious Science, Rev. Roby Chevance is a teacher, counselor, motivational speaker, medium, clairvoyant, and energy healer. Known for her Limitless Living courses, training people to master the science and the spirit of energy and putting it to work for them, Roby is considered a thought leader of the 21stCentury.

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