There is a lot of speculation about angels: do they exist, what do they look like, how can we recognize them, and what is it like to encounter one? I cannot say I have ever seen any apparition that appeared supernatural.
But I do believe certain people are guided to be servants of loving mercy and rescue, and can appear in times of emergency with just the saving help that is needed in the moment.
When this happens to me, I experience an angel presence in such an interchange, a force of loving intervention, coming through the person giving it, as a saving grace that reminds me I am loved, and worthy of that love.
I have just returned from a visit to Chisinau, the beautiful capital city of Moldova, which I’ve had
the good fortune to visit many times. This visit was unique because I went there with the added blessing of meeting a new friend.
As most of my readers know, I am an American living in Romania. Sadly, as has happened over much of the world, it has become a very stringent process to obtain long term visas. As an American, I can stay in Romania for 90 days, then I must leave for 90 days, and then I can return for another 90 day stay. Exhausting!
So I decided I would try to find a way to stay in the neighboring country of Moldova for my next 90 days out. It is very much akin to Romania in its language and culture, and only a few hours away from my home here in Romania.
Through a series of communications with the English speaking community there I connected with an absolutely wonderful Moldovan lady, who generously offered to help. So off I went to meet this lady, and take a 2 day vacation in Chisinau.
Getting there proved to be a stressful “adventure!” I was to hop a bus here in my hometown to get to the next city of Iasi, and there take a second bus straight through to Chisinau, a total trip of a half day. It did not go as planned! The bus never arrived here, so after some panicked searching I did find another one and arrived in Iasi in time. But that bus never arrived either!
Fortunately the train station was just across the street. Turns out there was a sleeper train coming through at 3 AM and I was lucky to get the last ticket. I went to a movie to pass the time (Total Recall 😀 ) and at last boarded the train, and got some desperately needed sleep.
Chisinau is a cosmopolitan, vibrant city, sophisticated and eclectic, where they speak English,
Romanian and Russian. Though limited by my English, I am still able to navigate quite well. My first discovery was that I had left my cell phone behind! So my first stop was a net cafe at the wonderful Sun City Mall to email my new friend I had arrived.
There I met my first Moldovan angel, the manager of the net cafe. When I asked him how I could find a public phone, he immediately offered me his cell phone and I was able to call my friend.
My hotel was a few blocks away and when I started asking directions, I met my second angel. This kind gentleman didn’t just give me directions, he walked with me several blocks to be sure I got there. Settled in, unpacked, and refreshed with a bath, I set out to meet my new friend at a coffee shop.
Angel number three!
Very occasionally you meet someone who is so kind, so open, so at peace, that just their presence in your life is a good medicine. I knew the moment I met this lovely person, I would be the better for it. She could not have been more accommodating, more friendly, welcoming and helpful. Within the span of the time it took us finish our drinks, she solved my problem, and I acquired a safe and comfortable place to spend my 90 days in Chisinau.
She invited me into her home meet her wonderful family, who likewise treated
me with such kindness and welcome, that all the distress I had had suffered for worry about my time out of Romania, was totally erased. Sometimes my prayers are for loving people who walk in the light to be sent into my life. In this case, I am certain that prayer was answered in abundance.
I spent one more peaceful day in Chisinau, where I had some of the best pizza I have ever eaten, twice! And I got an even better feel for this sophisticated city. I made my return to Romania on another sleeper train. What a luxury to stretch out on clean sheets and sleep all the way home…and for less than $20!
As it turns out, I got a huge and unexpected surprise the night I got home – a miracle phone call telling me I will not need to return to Moldova right away, because a door has suddenly opened for me here in Romania to obtain a year stay permit.
So I am beginning that paperwork now. But the loving kindness this servant of the Lord gave to me, healed a frightening distress and reminded me that the world can be a safe and loving place. And I have a new friend!