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A Previous Virtual Church Message

Show Time

Annie Mae sat in front of her picture window. Every minute of every day was devoted to sitting in front of her picture window staring out into the small wooded area in back of her house. For over 18 months nearly all she has done is stare out her picture window. She disconnected her phone. She no longer watches television or listens to the radio. She no longer subscribes to magazines or newspapers. All she eats is breakfast cereal. She does not clean her house which has become loaded with dust and dirt. She never leaves the house. She avoids contact with anyone. She never reads her mail. She never answers the door unless she sees a law enforcement patrol car in the driveway which has happened only once in the last eighteen months. Annie Mae can even slip out of her current reality and back into a time before the tragic accident.

The reason Annie Mae is like she is stems from the accident that took the life of her husband and two sons. There was a head-on collision caused by a drunk driver driving a large SUV. The SUV slammed head-on into the small car carrying Annie Mae's husband and two sons. Her husband and two sons died immediately in the crash. In large measure, so did Annie Mae. Annie Mae's current, almost vegetative state, began when she was told the news about the accident.

Although Annie Mae does not know it, she has a guardian angel named Infinity44471. Infinity44471 is not the real name of Annie Mae's guardian angel but since humans cannot pronounce the real name of angels like the names are pronounced in the heavenly realms, Infinity44471 will have to do.

Infinity44471 was becoming increasingly concerned with Annie Mae's state. One of Infinity44471's problems was Annie Mae had cut herself off from the outside world to such an extent intervention seemed to be impossible under normal ways of intervening in a human being's life. Infinity44471 met with the angelic council and brought to the council's attention the case of Annie Mae. The head of the council, an angel named LightPath888822 addressed the issue of Annie Mae and said to Infinity44471, "I have an angel in the outer reaches who may be able to help in this circumstance. The angel I have in mind is called The Wild Man. The Wild Man can produce some amazing results. I have seen The Wild Man intervene when no other modes of intervention would work. You have to understand some things about The Wild Man. The Wild Man is not like us. How he joined our angelic band is known only to God, but The Wild Man can often do what those of us regular angels cannot do. The Wild Man has a specialty. The Wild Man's specialty is animals. The Wild Man can do literally anything with animals. Therefore, I will call upon The Wild Man to see if he can intervene for Annie Mae. I want you to remember, The Wild Man is not like us. In fact, The Wild Man is more like, uh, more like an animal, than us. The Wild Man likes to growl a lot." At this remark, the council of angels broke out into laughter full of hopeful anticipation.

In an instant, The Wild Man appeared before Infinity44471 and The Wild Man gave a hearty growl which in turn produced more laughter among the assembled throng of angels. The Wild Man spoke and said, "I love to growl. However, I know why I have been summoned here and I know about Annie Mae. We need to snap Annie Mae out of her vegetative state. We need to bring a little show time into her life. For Annie Mae, I have a special show all ready to go."

At this, Infinity44471 spoke. "Thank you, Wild Man, I appreciate your input. One of the problems I have been having with Annie Mae is the darkness power hanging over her. Every time I have tried to produce an event or circumstance to help Annie Mae, the darkness power pushes her down, blinds her, and kills off her spirit. As someone experienced in dealing with difficult situations what can you do about the darkness power?" The Wild Man roared out a vicious growl which brought no laughter this time and said, "No dark power can fool with me. Any dark power trying to fool with me will be eaten alive or eaten dead whichever way the dark power wants it. They don't call me The Wild Man for nothing! Tomorrow the show begins!"

Tomorrow arrived. Every day and every night blended into one another for Annie Mae. Annie Mae never left the picture window. Even at night, she slept in her chair next to the window.

On this day, on this special day when the show was about to begin, Annie Mae woke up to chirping birds but Annie Mae did not hear the birds for Annie Mae was consumed and possessed by her grief. However, in clear sight of where Annie Mae sat, out on the edge of her lawn, just where a wooded area began, walked a large momma raccoon and three baby raccoons. Annie Mae noticed. For the first time in eighteen months, Annie Mae noticed something. Annie Mae's eyes never left the four raccoons until the animals had walked behind some trees and disappeared.

As an observer, Infinity44471 said to The Wild Man, "Listen, I see Annie Mae noticed, but where is the show? That is no show. Four animals walking across someone's property? Where is the show? Where is the dancing animal thing? Where is the animals-doing-tricks thing?" The Wild Man replied, "Please, you have to be patient. In doing my work, I only do the minimum in the beginning because of regulations. If the minimum does not work, we will do a little more. We'll see what happens tomorrow."

Tomorrow came. Annie Mae woke up to chirping birds but, like always, she did not notice. However, at about the time she saw the raccoons yesterday, she began to look for them again. On time and on cue, here the raccoons came again. All four raccoons, momma and the three little ones walked across the lawn in full view of Annie Mae's picture window. Annie Mae followed every move. As the animals neared the trees where they would no longer be seen, Annie Mae moved forward in her chair to get a last look at momma and the three little ones.

Infinity44471 then said to Wild Man, "I saw Annie Mae lean forward. Maybe we are making progress." Wild Man replied, "We need to wait. The job has only begun."

The next day brought out the animal show and the next day after that brought out the animal show again. However, by the sixth day, the darkness power had numbed Annie Mae and her heart to the raccoons appearing each day.

The Wild Man had anticipated a relapse by Annie Mae. So the next day, things got a little more interesting during the animal show time. On this day, the baby raccoons began to scamper about. So much so the momma raccoon had to chase after them, grab them by the neck, and drag them across the yard. The little ones were appearing to be unruly and uncontrollable. The little ones were beginning to stage a wrestling match with each other in front of Annie Mae's window. At all this new fuss on the lawn, Annie Mae smiled. She did not realize she smiled, but smiled she did. As the momma raccoon and the little ones disappeared into the woods, Annie Mae even caught herself wondering about what the show would be like tomorrow.

Infinity44471 observed and spoke to the Wild Man, "Wow, we are making progress. She smiled and thought about the future. Great progress indeed." The Wild Man replied, "Well, I would hope we could continue but the dark power is already trying to kill the progress, so we have our work cut out for us.

The next day arrived but on this day there was a terrible storm. The wind blew, the rain fell in torrents, dead leaves and debris were blown about, tree limbs bowed and some ever broke from the force of the wind. Lightning and thunder pierced the air. On this day there was no animal show. Annie Mae fell back into her vegetative state. The dark power had won this round. The next three days brought the same kind of weather with no animal show. Annie Mae once again became more and more vegetative.

Infinity44471 spoke to the Wild Man and said, "We have a problem here. Is there anything you can do" The Wild Man noted that much of their progress had been wiped out. However, The Wild Man was not done. The Wild Man said, "OK, if the dark power wants to bring in bad weather, we are going to get up close and personal with the show."

The next day arrived with the same terrible weather. The day brought a downpour and now flooding. The yard and wooded area of Annie Mae's property were flooded. So there was no way to put on any kind of animal show. The Wild Man, remarked to Infinity44471, "You know, I am really getting upset with what the dark power is doing. The dark power is violating regulations and I am really, really, really steamed. Believe me, you do not want me steamed! When you get The Wild Man steamed, look out!"

Annie Mae was as she always was. So numb was Annie Mae, she had nearly forgotten about the animal visitors. As the rains poured down, on the extra wide window sill on the outside of her house, the very wide window sill on the very picture window in front of which Annie Mae had sat for eighteen months, walked the three baby raccoons without the momma. On the wide window sill, in the center of the window, the three babies, shaking from the cold and dripping with water, stood motionless. Annie Mae didn't just notice this time. Annie Mae felt. Annie Mae felt compassion. Annie Mae had thoughts. Annie Mae had thoughts about the missing momma and the poor little ones. The little raccoons stayed on the window sill for at least an hour, shaking and shivering all the while. The longer the little ones stayed, the more agitated and anxious Annie Mae became. Finally, with tears rolling down her cheeks, tears rolling down her cheeks for the first time since the accident, Annie Mae thought, "I have to do something." At this thought, Annie Mae grabbed a raincoat, bounded out the door, waded through ice cold flood water, and scooped up the three little raccoons, and brought them inside her house. Suddenly, Annie's world had changed. She started talking to the three little raccoons as if they were little children, tears still streaming down her cheeks. Annie Mae even started worrying…worrying about what she was going to feed them and how she was going to keep them.

Infinity44471 said to The Wild Man, "Thank you. Even though thank you is not enough, thank you. It appears your work is done. What a great job you did." The Wild Man replied, "No problem. But my work isn't done. I want to stay around and really bring some big time animal shows and animal chaos into Annie Mae's life. She needs the animal chaos to start healing and living again. Just to give you a preview. See that chair where Annie Mae sat for eighteen months? Well, it is now filled with three baby raccoons crawling all over it, getting it wet from the rain, and making Annie Mae laugh. But I'm not done. As time goes by, Annie Mae is going to eventually want to pull her hair out over these little creatures running around in her house, but she'll have a barrel of laughs in the process and she'll start to live again."

Epilogue: It's just a story, isn't it? It is just a made up story at that, isn't it? Things don't really happen like this, do they? Well, for you skeptics who do not believe in angels, or miracles, or God, go on and be skeptical and never believe in angels, or miracles, or how God can work in a person's life in unseen ways. However, for those of us who do believe or even know, we know everyone has a guardian angel…a guardian angel who does a lot more than just stand back and watch.

Rev. 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. (KJV)

A facetious story giving wisdom

This story first appeared in January, 2006, in the Virtual Church web site at http://www.findthepower.com

 

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