Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

When Angels Are Busy

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

When Angels Are Busy

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Byline: Ren Lanzon

I WAS driving home from a meeting this evening about 5.00pm, stuck in traffic and the car started to choke and splutter and die.

I barely managed to coast, cursing, into a service station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for the tow truck.

The motor wouldn't even turn over. Before I could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the Service Shop mart building, and it looked like she slipped on something and fell into a petrol pump, so I got our to see if she was okay.

When I got there, it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen; she was a young woman who looked really haggard with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up, and I picked it up to give it to her. It was five cents.

At that moment, everything came into focus for me: the crying woman, the ancient Holden crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in a car seat), and the petrol pump reading $4.95.

I asked her if she was okay and if she needed help, and she just kept saying 'don't want my kids to see me crying,' so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to Brisbane and that things were very hard for her right now.

So I asked, 'And you were praying?'

That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, 'He heard you and He sent me.' I took her in to pay for the petrol.

I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader so she could fill up her car completely, and while it was fuelling, walked into the shop and bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating chips and talking a little. …

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