Your Guardian Angel – An Amazing Alaskan Adventure

 Your Guardian Angel – An Amazing Alaskan Adventure was a speech I presented as Project #2 from my Competent Communicator Manual for Toastmasters International at St. Andrews Speakers Club. I gave a shortened version to accommodate 5-7 minutes of timeframe required by the manual. This posting is now edited and more facts were added.

The speech begins:

Do you believe that you have a  guardian angel?  I do!

Photo credit (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.sciencemusings.com/blog/uploaded_images angel-718605.jpg

        1. The Angel will guard you

God says in Exodus 23:20, “Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.

This is a story about how God sent angels to rescue my son. They became actual humans to do their job.

In the Spring of 2015, our 25-year old son, Kurt, went on a road trip to Alaska.

He snowboarded and did a lot of rock climbing along the way.

This is the route he took, starting out from Dallas, TX.

Somewhere in Utah, Photo by Kurt Olson

He went northbound on the Pacific Coast Highway and entered Canada. It is 2500 miles via Alaska Hwy or 48 hrs from the border of Washington State to his final destination which was Homer, AK.

credit: google map

        2. I asked for God’s Angels… Not just one but a lot  

It was early morning as I was driving to work, when suddenly, I called on God, “Adonai Tzevaot (LORD of Host), please send your angels to rescue Kurt.”. I thought, “Rescue from what?”  Although I wasn’t sure what it meant, I trusted God that he would do it. That night, my husband received a Facebook message that Kurt had been stranded in the Yukon.

Yukon, Canada Photo by Kurt Olson

It happened at 2:00 am when his car decided not to start while he was at a rest stop

Typical Rest Stop along Alaska Highway in the Yukon (Photo Credit: Micaeldavialactea’s Instagram image @25.02.2016. (n.d.). Retrieved March 06, 2016, from http://sixmoment.com/m/1192483260414121251_1454506364
No Cell phone connection, AT&T does not work in the Yukon! No GPS. He was all alone. It was -20 below 0 and very dark.  He crawled inside his winterized sleeping bag in his full snowboard gear. He saw the most beautiful arctic sunrise; he was euphoric but had no idea he was dying of hypothermia.

Kurt made the sleeping bag a few weeks before the trip
 
3. God sent the Angels
After 10 hrs in the cold, three cars passed by and the third one stopped. A man and his daughter rescued him. When he got into the tow truck and started thawing, his fingers were in excruciating pain. They took him to Whitehorse city, where their family lives.

City of Whitehorse, Canada Photo credit: (n.d.). Retrieved from http://yukon-news.com/media/images/2012/january/13/BIZpassivehouse.jpg
The kindhearted family placed Kurt’s car in a heated garage, gave him a room with internet connection so he could send us a Facebook message. They fed him and kept him for a week. Kurt had to do a lot of research on the net, to figure out what exactly happened to the car. Together, with his Dad who is in Texas, they brainstormed on every possible cause. After much discussion through Facebook Messenger, they came to the diagnosis that the car had fuel pump failure. He ordered the part from an Audi dealer in Vancouver, and they mailed the part to him. When it arrived after a few days, he installed it himself, and the car started.
    4. The Angel confirmed His Presence
Before resuming his journey, Kurt wanted to download music from iTunes into his iPhone. When he opened iTunes, this was what he saw:  It said” your guardian angel.”
He said, “whoa how did it get there? I never downloaded that. It was not his kind of music. Wow, angels must also use technology too.
Meanwhile, down here in TX, I was worried that he would travel alone again. There was still 924 miles to go so I talked to God about it. “Adonai Tzevaot, pls be with Kurt and surround him with your Angels!” I also sent a message to Kurt. This is what I said, “I started fasting for you yesterday. I will fast until you get to Homer. The angels will continue to watch over you with Adonai Tzevaot, The Lord of Hosts, in command. Say the Shema at the start of your trip and don’t forget to offer money to your hosts. Shalom.”
The day Kurt left for Alaska, was also the day his host family and a bunch of other people scheduled themselves to go to Anchorage, Alaska for a conference. The lead angel (The Dad of the family) rode with Kurt while the rest were in the van.  The Angels surrounded him!
I told Kurt, “Praise Adonai! The Lord heard the prayers of His people! You are special. The LORD who sent Oded to take the metal out of your eye and the God who sent the Petersons to rescue you is the same God who was with you on the way to Homer!”
Kurt was in Homer, Alaska for four months. The number 4 is the number of the sides of a square. It is one of symbols of completion in the Bible

Bishop’s Beach Alaska Photo by Kurt M. Olson
Majestic Mountains, Photo by Kurt M. Olson
Photo by Kurt M. Olson

Golden Sun in Alaska, Photo by Kurt M. Olson

Photo by Kurt M. Olson
Matthew, Kurt’s Friend Spinning Burning Wool

Photo by Kurt M. Olson
Mountain Range, Homer Alaska
Photo by Kurt M. Olson
Kurt found employment with a fishing boat, but he suffered terrible motion sickness and found it difficult to do the job. He decided to quit, but the boat was already in a different location from where his car was. The only way to get back to his vehicle was to hitchhike. He walked for approximately 20 miles on the first leg. He was thirsty, hungry and tired. It was a 170-mile walk if no one picks him up. Three different cars picked him up and dropped him at certain points along the way. At one particular time in his walked, he had to get rid of some of his baggage to lighten his load. He threw them behind the bush in the ditch. He went back at a later time to retrieve them. The driver in the third car who picked him up took him to Homer, which was about 100 miles away.
Angels can drive cars too! So thankful for these three!

While in Homer, Kurt built a mini-playground for a charter fishing company. God provided a temporary shelter by staying at the site, provided by the owners. This is the handrail that he built:

Photo by Kurt Olson
  5. Guardian angels are faithful.
Time to head back home. He was passing thru Edmonton, Canada when he became confused and lost in the highway interchange.
Courtesy of Google Map
Then he spotted a hitchhiker, a middle-aged, haggard-looking woman. He picked her up and this woman became his GPS. After she had done her job, she got off the car. Kurt went back on the right track, and he came home safely.
For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
Psalm 91:11
When Kurt was stranded in the Yukon, there were three cars that passed by and he was rescued by the third car. When he needed to hitchhike in Alaska, Three different drivers gave him a helping hand to bring him where he needed to go.  According to an article I found on the net, the number three is associated with God’s mighty acts.
Three. It is natural to associate the number 3 with the Trinity of Persons in the Godhead, and the following references among others may be instanced: Mt. 28:19; Jn. 14:26; 15:26; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Pet. 1:2, where this teaching is implied. The number 3 is also associated with certain of God’s mighty acts. At Mt Sinai the Lord was to come down to give his Law on ‘the third day’ (Ex. 19:11). In Hosea’s prophecy the Lord would raise up his people ‘on the third day’, probably meaning a short time (Ho. 6:2). There is a similar usage of ‘three’ in Lk. 13:32, where ‘third day’ is ‘poetical for the moment when something is finished, completed, and perfected’ (N. Geldenhuys, Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, 1950, p. 384, n. 4). Jonah was delivered (Jon. 1:17; Mt. 12:40), and God raised Christ from the dead, on the third day (1 Cor. 15:4). There were three disciples admitted to special terms of intimacy with Christ (Mk. 9:2; Mt 26:37), and at Calvary there were three crosses. Paul emphasizes three Christian virtues (1 Cor. 13:13). A further instance of three being used in connection with periods of time is the choice offered to David of 3 days’ pestilence, 3 months’ defeat or 3 years’ famine (1 Ch. 21:12). The deployment of Gideon’s army furnishes an example of division into three (Jdg. 7:16), and the fraction, a third, is employed in Rev. 8:7-12.  https://bible.org/question/what-significance-numbers-scripture
This is the blessing that I offered to God when He did a mighty act for me. (Scriptures)
I will exalt You, my God, the King; I will bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You. Lord, You are great and I will praise You with the highest praise; Your greatness, I can’t comprehend. Each generation will praise your works to the next and declare your mighty acts. I will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty and Your wonderful works. People will speak of your mighty awesome acts and I will tell of your great deeds. They will proclaim the fame of your abounding goodness.
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