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Angelic encounter: short story

Many years ago, while visiting Vienna, I boarded an early morning coach tour from Vienna to Salzburg. In Salzburg, our tour guide led us on a walking tour from the city center to the place where they filmed the famous movie Sound of Music. Sixty minutes, several turns, and many gardens later, we arrived at the Sound of Music movie site. There were many things to see, appreciate, explore, listen to, and enjoy. The scenery was spectacularly amazing. The guide showed us around, and then we had free time for the rest of the tour. He gave us ample free time to eat lunch and explore the site further on our own. All the delegates separated into their own small groups, but I was left on my own as I was traveling alone. The tour guide told us to make our way back on the tour couch by 4 pm sharp for the return trip to Vienna, or be stranded in Salzburg! After a sumptuous lunch, I explored the site on my own until it was time to leave. By now, I have lost sight of my orientation and could not even find my way back to the city center because of the many turns and gardens. I could not access Google Maps, Waze, or GPS because I did not have data for a Wi-Fi connection. I was getting worried as I was in a deserted place and the countdown timer was ticking mercilessly! I bowed my head and prayed a simple prayer asking God to take me out of this lonely place and guide me back to the city. Even before I could finish praying and seemingly out of nowhere, a stunning young European lady appeared and spoke to me in perfect English. This was rare in Salzburg as the locals spoke fluent German and broken English with a strong German accent. Seeing that I was lost and panicky, she asked me politely where I was going. I replied that I was trying to find my way back to the city center but had lost my way. In my heart, I thanked God for his loving-kindness and faithfulness and for answering my prayer. She told me to follow her as she was also going there. We walked through the many turns and wonderful gardens. As we were nearing the city center, she pointed out the way that I should take, and lo and behold, she was gone! I reached the tour coach just ten minutes before 4 pm still catching my breath and speechless! I believed that I was truly touched by an angel in Salzburg that day! God sent an angel to rescue me from an impending disaster that day. I could not have imagined how I could have managed if I was stranded in Salzburg that day. After this incident, I always have data plans, Wi-Fi connections, and access to Google Maps, Waze and GPS. I will not leave home without them. I also realized that God is just a prayer away and His loving kindness and faithfulness endure forever.