Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!
Hebrews 13:2 NLT
One morning, the line at the coffeeshop nearly stretched out the door. Already a hot one, the temp had been forecast to hit 103° heat index by noon. Needless to say, orders for frozen coffee far outweighed the orders from the die-hard traditional coffee drinkers.
Kai looked up to see his next customer, a young man in his early thirties perusing a newspaper in his hand.
“What can I get for you, sir?”
“Oh, I’ll have the usual – make it venti,” the man said with his eyes still on his paper.
Kai turned to get the coffee when a vision of a baby in a car seat flashed into his mind. Turning back around, Kai enquired, “Say, I have a friend looking for a good day-care center near Hillsborough Avenue. Know of any?”
Absently, the man mumbled, “What?”
Kai cleared his throat and spoke louder, “I was wondering if you knew of a good day care on Hillsborough. Don’t you live near there?”
The man looked up, “Hillsborough? Yes, our son’s day care is… Oh my God!” The man’s face drained white as he dropped his paper spun around and raced out the door.
Kai took the next order and then went into the back to get more cups. Glancing around to make sure he was alone, he whispered vehemently, “Simon, you got someone on this or should I head over there?”
Simon’s voice filled his head, “Don’t worry, our Lord had Mathias go over there 15 minutes ago. He is in the car fanning the baby with his wings until the dad gets there.
Simon went on, “But you go over there, too. You may be able to speak a word in season.”
“Sam! I must go out and pick up more cups. We’re out!”
In the blink of an eye, Kai was in the parking garage just as dad rushed up to the car. The dad yanked open the door, and pulled his son out of the car seat. Cradling the squalling child, he leaned against the car and then slid down the car landing on his bottom on the garage floor, breathing hard. “Oh, thank God, you’re safe! Thank you, God, thank you,” he sobbed.
Feeling of the child’s forehead, he exclaimed, “Why you don’t even seem warm! How can that be?” Deep jagged breaths, “Oh God thank you so much for protecting my boy!”
He fished in his coat pocket for his phone and with a shaking hand punched some buttons. “Shhh… Dylan, it’s okay, Daddy’s got you. Shhh.”
“Miss Jenkins? This is Jack Cornell. I’m calling to ask you to reschedule the mornings appointments. I’ve had a day care emergency ….” Long shaky breath … “Actually, I won’t be able to make it in at all today. Yes, that’s fine. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Putting his phone away, Jack continued to soothe his baby, oblivious to the dirty floor and the coming and going of vehicles.
Thinking quickly, Kai appeared as a business man walking past on his way to the elevator to go to the street below.
“Everything okay?” asked Kai in a friendly, interested manner.
Jack glanced up and appearing to notice where he was, got up off the floor with a groan, still holding the now-quiet baby. “Yeah, we are okay.”
Looking around and noticing they were alone, Jack said with a hoarse laugh, “I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I forgot to drop the baby off at the day-care. I was so distracted thinking about the Ellsworth case. Thank God I remembered before he got too hot!”
“That’s definitely a cause for thanking God,” replied Kai the business man.
“You look like you need a moment to pull yourself together. How about I get you a Coke at the diner? My treat?”
“Well, okay. My morning is free now,” Jack said.
Inside the diner, they found a booth and sat down.
“May I?” asked Kai, reaching for the baby who was now sound asleep.
Sitting across the table from him, Kai could see Jack had been operating under stress for a long time. Dark circles rimmed his eyes.
In a caring manner, Kai started asking gentle questions and found out what he already knew. Jack had been working 7 days a week for a very long time. His wife and Dylan had been seeing little of him and so Jack had tried to have a little more time with the baby by taking turns with his wife of transporting the child to daycare.
“What kind of dad forgets the baby is in the car?” Jack cried. “I’m so ashamed. He was so quiet when he fell asleep I just totally forgot. I pulled into the garage already thinking about the morning’s first meeting with Ellsworth and I knew it was going to be long. I jumped out and ran for the office as quick as I could when it occurred to me I should get some caffeine in me. If I hadn’t went into the coffeeshop when I did … If that guy hadn’t asked me if I knew of a good daycare … I don’t know when I would have remembered Dylan was in the car!”
Jack ran his hand through his hair and dropped his head.
Jack ran his hand through his hair and dropped his head.
Grabbing Jack’s shoulder, Kai leaned in and said, “Jack, God gave man the gift of rest. If God rested on the seventh day after creating the earth and everything in it, surely man must need rest as well!”
Jack stared back at him, then slowly said, “I haven’t been considering what God wanted me to do for a long time…”
“No time like the present to start!” Kai said heartily. “Here, let me give you Pastor John Cook’s business card. He knows exactly what you are going through. He used to be the CEO of Clark and Clark before he changed directions. He knows what it’s like to be in the rat race.”
“Maybe I will,” Jack said as he took the card. “I can’t go on like this.”
“Do it today! I think it is meant for you to talk to him right now.” Kai said as he gazed into Jack’s eyes.
Jack stared a moment, and then glanced at his sleeping son. “You’re right! I’ll do it right now,” as he pulled out his phone and started dialing.
Later, Kai stood outside Jack’s car as he buckled the baby in the car seat and prepared to go meet Pastor Cook. Jack stood up and turned to Kai and they shook hands.
“Thanks for the Coke and the talk. I’ll never forget it.”
“You’ll do fine. You were meant to be Dylan’s father and God will help you find a way to accomplish what needs to be done.”
“Somehow, I believe it.”
“Oops, look at the time! I must go, but you will be in my prayers.” Kai said over his shoulder as he took off.
“Hey, wait! I never got your name,” yelled Jack as he got back out of the car to chase him down.He looked to the right, then to the left, but saw no one!
We are on Day 10 of my serial, Angel on Assignment: The Book of Morgan. I've got to be honest, Day 10 is one of my favorite parts of the whole story.
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This serial is not intended to be doctrine. Scripture does tell us angels come to warn, bring messages and sometimes watch over us. It also tells us we could possibly unknowingly entertain an angel. My serial is just me imagining how that might look in our present day and time.
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