And the servant said, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" He said, "Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." Then Elisha prayed and said, "O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see." So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:15-17
Trapped in her car which had been hit head on by a drunk driver, both legs of Katie Lentz were broken -- so were some of her ribs, so was her wrist.
Emergency personnel who had unsuccessfully been trying to free her for an hour and a half were frightened. They noticed Lentz seemed to be fading fast. Apparently, Lentz noticed it, too. That's why she asked that the workers stop for a moment, so they might pray together.
A Catholic priest did the speaking.
Nobody remembers the exact words of his prayer, but they know that Lentz revived and was at peace. So were the many emergency workers at the scene. Most do remember the priest told them they would be able to free Lentz now. He was prophetic as heavy-duty equipment arrived from a nearby town. Lentz was quickly cut loose.
Now here's the interesting part: the road had been shut off in both directions; there were no civilian spectators at the accident. None of the 70-plus pictures of the rescue show a priest being present, and when they went to thank the man of God for what he had done, he was nowhere to be found.
That's the story which was reported in the news. Some rejoiced at the manifestation of a guardian angel; others set to work to disprove the report, and many of you have asked me for my opinion.
Then Missouri's Jefferson County Diocese shared that the priest who had done the emergency ministry was Father Patrick Dowling. Skeptics rejoiced and many Christians were crestfallen. The verdict was in: there were no guardian angels during the rescue of Katie Lentz.
Oh, really? If you believe that, then read on.
Father Dowling was only on that road because he had just filled in for a priest who was sick. No sick priest, no Father Dowling. Then there's the fact Father Dowling was there at the right time, and he managed to make it past the police barrier, and he was allowed to approach the accident, and he was there at the exact moment Lentz asked for a prayer.
No guardian angel? Katie's guardian angels ought to be collecting some serious overtime pay. Of course, you can believe it was all accidental, and it was all happenstance. If that's the case, then I, like Elisha in 2 Kings 6:16, will pray your eyes be opened and you may see those angels whom the Lord has sent to be with us are far more than those who are against us.
The problem is not that there were no guardian angels that day; it's just that some folks can't see them.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks for all You have done for me. Today I give thanks for Your promises to be with me and always do what is best for me. And for guardian angels -- seen and unseen -- my deepest appreciation. This thanks I render in the Name of the Savior who died and rose to rescue me from certain death. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries