An Inconvenient Angel


Have you ever had a slow moving car pull out in front of you while you were rushing to get somewhere important?

Well, that’s happened to me many times.


Ah…but there was this one time that I had to thank my lucky stars for such an encounter!

Picture it…rural Georgia 19??

Lady G, a young mother and graduate student, was driving like a bat out of hell in order to make it to class on time.

I was running, oh I don’t know, 85-ish in a 55 mph kinda situation.

(My brother Tack says I should have been arrested as that was, indeed, ‘reckless driving.’)


I was making pretty good time when, seemingly out of nowhere, this 130 year old man pulled out of a side road onto MY highway!


He was going my way!

Or maybe I was going his way?

Who knows?


Moving on…

Fortunately, I was able to slow down in enough time to avoid rear-ending him.

Trust me, to say I was miffed would be a supreme understatement!

“C’mon Grannypaw!” I shouted.


Well, apparently he didn’t hear me because he kept right on running about 25 mph.

At that point, I looked at the clock in the dashboard and thought, “I ain’t never gonna make it on time!”

Meanwhile, Grannypaw slowed down to a nice and consistent speed of 23 mph!

Oh, and there was no safe way to pass him!

I was stuck!

Me and Grannypaw!

Well, as my road buddy and I approached the bottom of a hill, I noticed, at the top of the hill, an oncoming speeding car that had crossed over into our lane in order to pass several others at one time.

Of course, Grannypaw was going nowhere near fast enough to be in danger of a collision.

That said, neither was I.

Now, here’s the killing part.

As soon as Grannypaw and I safely cleared that hill, he turned off and drove away!

At that moment, it occurred to me that if it weren’t for my wise, kind, loving, sweet and dear sherpa, I would’ve probably hit that passing car head on!

Can you imagine the damaging impact of two cars running better than 80 mph?!

Game over!

And so…

Today’s advice:  Be thankful for AND ask God to bless people who slow you down…they might be inconvenient angels!


Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! (Hebrews 13:2 NLT)

Oh yeah…and slow down!

Any thoughts?  I’d love to hear them!






117 thoughts on “An Inconvenient Angel

  1. Like you, when I was younger, I used to get annoyed by slow drivers, but somehow the idea occurred to me that they may very well be there to save me from some catastrophe to which I may have been headed. I always breathe deeply, bless them and trust they are doing the universe’s bidding!

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  2. Denzil - Life Sentences

    Reblogged this on Life Sentences and commented:
    Do we have guardian angels? Personal angels who go where we go, protect us, guide us … even speak with us? I don’t know for certain, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

    There are many Biblical references to angels: “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them” (Psalm 34:7). “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11). To name but two.

    And there’s experiential evidence too. All of us probably have stories where a complete stranger seemed to appear at just the right time to prevent an accident, help us make the right decision, find something that was lost etc. etc.

    I came across this lovely story recently, which I am happy to re-post. It certainly makes you think …

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  3. I experienced similar experience. I was pulling out of the McD’s… But hesitated to put my music on… a car went around me and I was 2nd in line at the light. When the light turned green she pulled out… when out of the corner of my eye I saw a big dooly truck with a long trailer come plowing down the road through the red light and smeared the car in front of me…she was pushed across 2 lanes of traffic and into a pole right in front of a gas station. Had the pole not been there she would have hit the gas pumps.. God only knows what would have happened… I was in utter shock and awe as I realized that had I not pulled aside to put my music on… which I never do… That car would have been me! I knew God was watching over me and was quite aware of where I am every second of my day! Thankful I am loved, redeemed and protected by Him who laid down his life for me so I can live walking in his truth and the power of his love! Amen! Praise be to God !

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  4. tunisiajolyn84

    I mean you should’ve known the man was an angel since he survived 130 years of life. That’s a miracle in and of itself. lol 😉

    I really enjoyed this story! Thanks for sharing it along with the lovely message.

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  5. I like this story! Good work Lady G! So much wisdom here. That is an excellent description: an inconvenient angel. Everything happens for a reason. You are hilarious too for calling your boy grandpa and saying it was your highway lol.

    For some reason, your lead foot and story reminds me of a recent debacle to come out of my city. A kid my brother knows filmed a video of himself driving on the highway and uploaded it to Facebook live. He was driving at 115 mph, swerving through lanes. He crashed. He survived. A few days later, I got pulled over for doing 85 mph in a 55 zone and had to go to court. Well, at my court date, they called out that young kid’s name … and it made me think … damn, I could have shared a similar fate, if I didn’t get pulled over. As much as I despise the police, I admit they can be inconvenient angels. Here is the video:

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    1. Oooh! Thanks for this comment Darryl! It just goes to strengthen my point! Talk about inconvenient angels!
      I think I saw that crazy story but I didn’t really read it. I will def. look at this video now that I have a connection to it 🙂

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  6. it’s always in hindsight that we realize the angels had our backs, as long as we heed them and slow down of course, appreciate the gifts that come about unexpectedly including the people who fall into and out of our lives, all gifts…oft times we don’t know why….later we give a gentle smile when we do figure it all out….sometimes it takes years, sometimes minutes. Peace and blessings Lady G, and a mighty big happy New Year to you too…oh, and yeah, slow down! ❤

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    1. LOL!!! Very true Kim.
      Sometimes it takes awhile to know what’s really going on, but when that man turned off the road right after we cleared that hill I knew exactly who he was!
      He was my guardian angel for sure 🙏🏾
      Peace and blessings to you and I pray that you and yours have a very happy New Year!

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  7. So glad you had an encounter with that inconvenient angel. This summer, I had the lovely experience of being pulled over in rural VA for speeding. I was trying to pass a truck and got pinched. I was convicted of a felony. Yep, apparently I was driving recklessly. Long story short, hired an attorney, took a safe driving course and got the felony down to regular speeding. Needless to say, I want to move. I could have used divine intervention.

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    1. Thank you Susan! Believe me, I thank that Angel all the time!
      As for you, wow…. I never understood why officers give tickets when a person is attempting to pass. Wouldn’t you need to accelerate in order to do that?
      Either way, I’m so sorry that happened to you but I am glad that your Angel…cough, helped you get that reduced.
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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        1. YAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSS!!! GO BIG!! I love it!!! I’m going to remember this the next time I’m up in court for a felony. I can think to myself: ‘Hell, I went BIG!
          Hello m’am! Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful New Year, M’Lady! :))

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  8. Lady G, what can I say? Well your ancestors were definitely protecting you that day!!! They sent that angel because he was surely an angel because it wasn’t your ‘time’. I guess we all do mad things in our youth, so I’m not going to be hard on you, but I hope that you realise that that was a very important ‘moment’ in your life. xxx

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        1. LOL! Mama was at home watching her soap operas and cooking.
          And, yes, by then my granddaddy was in heaven.
          Or was he? Was he the Angel?
          Did he send the Angel?

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        2. Thank God mama never knew what her little girl was up to! At least she was happy in her own little world of make-believe (soap operas). If she only knew?!!! Well she does now!!! LOL Remember, she’s up there reading your blog and seeing what you were getting up to back in the day! hahahaha

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        3. ROTFLMAO!!! OMG!! I can’t even repeat what she’d probably say about my speeding.
          She used to warn me about driving fast.
          I did a post called My Jams ’85 where I tell a story about that. You should check it out when you get time. But let me warn you; it uses a lot of adult language.

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        4. OK!!! Life is so … what it is. There’s nothing new out there. Children have always been ignoring their parents advice and that has been happening from time immemorial. Nothing really changes does it Lady G?
          I will check out your post and I can handle a little bad language ….
          I know you think I’m snooty! LOL

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  9. Cuz, cuz, cuz! , I’m so thankful that you didn’t get smooshed! One wayward thought found its way into my to the forefront though…You actually thought about a “safe” passing place after zipping through a 55 mph-ish zone at the, decidedly “unsafe” speed of 89+?

    Well, better safe late than not safe at all. LOL

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        1. I’m up girl! And, honestly, I wouldn’t have sped with him in the car.
          I know that’s kinda weird thinking but I was always extra careful with my babies but I would behave in a riskier manner when I was alone. But that was the crazy thinking of a 20-something😳
          I wasn’t even thinking that I needed to be safe so I could live to take care of him.
          Anyway, I was late for class, which was at a university that was about 50 miles from where I lived at the time.
          I learned my lesson🙏🏾

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        2. I’m just glad that you are safe and sound to tell the tale, Lady G. I guess our thought processes at 20- something are a lot different to when we are older and wiser. Although through older eyes we can see how dangerous that situation was and could’ve been fatal (yes!!), all you could see was that you were going to be late for Uni. You could not see that you might have been ‘early’ for a fate worse. That’s youthful thinking for you, I guess. You just don’t see danger.
          I’m glad that the angels (whoever or whatever form they came in) were with you that day. That was not luck, that was Divine intervention and I really hope that you see it that way. It’s a lesson and a message of hope for us all – and thanks for sharing Lady! :)))

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        3. So true and thank you so much for that blessed comment 💞
          I thought I’d share this story because it had such an impact on me that I’ve told it over the years in hopes that folks might recognize that our angels often do for us what we can’t do for ourselves.

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        1. LOL!!!
          With them big-ass hats with the strap in the back looking like freaking Smokey The Bear….
          Georgia State Patrol….”It’s time to dip, it’s time to go, 5-0, 5-0….there they go, there they go!” -69 Boyz

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  10. Woebegone but Hopeful

    Well he was certainly there for a purpose God Bless Him. (I wonder if he was being Old Guy Wisely Mischievous and doing that on purpose to slow that’ young gal’ down)…..Annddd the world is richer for still having Gwin around.
    I returned to driving back in 2014 after a 40 year gap…..eeeekk!!

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    1. Awww thank you Roger. That made me smile really big!
      A 40 year gap??? Wow!! LOL!!
      Oh how I wish I could take a break from driving. I swear that if I were rich a Driving Service would be the first thing on my list of things to get!

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  11. Tareau Barron

    Great post lady G. I speed all the time but never 85 in a 55mph. You gotta know how to do it. That old man saved you for not speeding correctly. Did you ever see him again? And what kind of car were you driving? I hope u don’t drive like that now

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    1. LOL!!!
      Never saw him again!
      And thank you for correcting young Lady G on how to properly speed!
      I was in that same gold ’96 Honda Accord with the tinted windows and tail that I told you to sit back and put your seatbelt on in Lil Tareau!
      Erykah Badu “Appletree”was bumpin’ like a mug! LOL!!!!

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        1. Tareau Barron

          Hey I was never a gangster. I just hung with dudes who stole cars at that time. We would always return them. Sometimes with gas. Joy riding without asking. There we go

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    2. That’s a bit of a conflicting ‘speeding’ advice, Mr T.! ‘You’ve gotta know how to do it’???? ‘Speeding correctly’??? Did you say you drive busses for a living??? And you give advice like that?? hahahahahahahahhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaa
      I know you mean well….
      So when you ‘speed correctly’, I’m guessing you do 100mph in a 55mph zone? Is that the correct way? I wondered what I was doing wrong! LOL

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      1. Tareau Barron

        You speed when every one else is speeding. Never in turns, the dark or in the rain. If the speed limit is 65 you can do 75 if everyone else is doing 80. Know where there are speed traps and you also have to know where all the potholes and grooves in the asphalt are at. Yes there is a science to it. And no the buses are governed at 72mph so even if the speed limit is 65mph you can max out and be fine.

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        1. This sounds like ‘political’ speeding Tareau. I mean speeding is speeding whichever way you look at it. Yes, people speed all the time and they get away with it, but does this mean it is ‘correct’?
          That’s like saying it’s ok to beat your wife if everyone else is doing it, and you think you’ll be able to get away with it. The highway code in the UK does not have a clause in it suggesting that it is ok to speed if you think you can get away with it. If you speed and get caught, that’s points on your driving licence. Am I wrong or am I right? And further more, what are you doing rolling up to the party, when I’m just going home ….hahahahahaa

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        2. I’m seriously beginning to question whether a ‘classy’ lady like myself ought really to be rubbing shoulders with this little reprobate. hahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!
          Yes Lady G, I saw the comment from our T-Ro about car-jackin’!!!!
          Do you think it’s time we ‘divorced’ him?? We don’t want to be guilty by association, do we? LOL

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        3. OK Sweetie! Actually it’s early morning here …soon time for me to get up and start Friday. I was thinking you’re up late and don’t you have work later? But I guess it’s the holidays and you’re probably off today? I mean later, on Friday.
          Will definitely check out that link!:)

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  12. Hello Lady G! No appointment is worth risking your life. Traffic is something you have no control of but what time you leave your house is something you do control. I’m a stickler about time and always arrive at work 20 or 30 minutes earlier to be safe. A tad OCD about being punctual (that’s me).

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    1. I feel you on that B!
      I do the same thing now. It’s much easier nowadays to plan.
      Back then it was a little harder because I had a toddler who had to be fed, clothed and dropped off at daycare–lots of unexpected things to slow you down there 🙂
      But yours is good advice.
      When I was young and running late my Dad would always say, “You should have started out sooner!”

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