by Roger Aubrey
Copyright 2011 Roger Aubrey
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A True Story
A few years ago Andrew, a friend of mine, was on holiday in a small town in Spain with his wife Sue and their two-year old son Joshua. It was their first visit to this town, so nobody knew who they were. One day soon after their arrival, Andrew was away from the apartment, leaving Sue and Joshua alone. After a while, Sue was suddenly aware that the apartment was ominously quiet - the sort of quiet that doesn’t happen when a two-year old is around! She had a terrible feeling that something was wrong; quickly running through all the rooms she realised that her little boy had gone. The main door had inadvertently been left open; Joshua had slipped out of the apartment.
Filled with dread, Sue immediately ran out to the street, but there was no sign of Joshua. He had completely vanished. These are the moments every parent dreads - not knowing where your child is. The apartment stood at the top of a hill and the road ran down to the town, at the edge of which was a deep harbour. Sue began to search for her son, praying desperately that God would guide her to the little boy; twenty long minutes went by without any sign of him. He would not be able to tell anybody where he was staying; he was only two, could hardly speak English let alone Spanish, and was a stranger in this place. He could be anywhere - even in the harbour. Eventually, after about half an hour, Sue found herself approaching the bottom of the town. Suddenly in the distance - about a hundred metres away - she saw Joshua walking towards her with a broad smile on his little face, hand in hand with a man, a total stranger. As Sue ran towards them, the man held out Joshua’s hand and simply placed it in hers. She bent down to embrace her son; as she looked up just a few seconds later to thank the stranger, there was nobody there. The man had gone; he just disappeared. To this day my friends are convinced that an angel rescued their son. I believe them.