I was watching one of the Yankee’s post season games the other day when a long, high, fly ball made it to the right field wall, seemed to teeter on the top edge, and then bounce into the stands. Home Run! The announcers discussed the luck of the bounce, and one slipped in a phrase, Angels in the Outfield. I loved the thought of it.
Naturally one would have to acknowledge that they were Yankee Angels or else the ball would have bounced back into the glove of the Baltimore right fielder, and since it didn’t, it was a Yankee Angel.
My musings about Angels in the Outfield didn’t end quite there. They made the leap to life, mine and everyone else I know. How often during the events of every day life do we feel these Angels giving us that lift up and over. It doesn’t always need to be a Yankee Angel but perhaps one of the millions of others that are always on duty to keep us safe.
You trip on the top of the flight of stairs, but catch the handrail before tumbling down. The brakes suddenly catch to stop the car on an icy roadway. For no reason you decide to make that doctor’s visit for a routine checkup and they discover you are 90 percent blocked in an artery. They repair it before that inevitable heart attack. You’re broke and need to buy the baby milk, you slip on a sweater you haven’t worn since last year and you find a $10.00 bill in the pocket. What made you choose that old sweater? I’m sure you know what I think made you put it on.
So many times we have near misses. There are hundreds of stories of people changing flights, and because they did avoided being a passenger on an ill-fated plane. How many people didn’t go to work at the twin towers for one reason or another on 9/11? From all accounts it was an unprecedented number. For whatever their destiny holds, it just wasn’t their time on that day.
I’ve decided, no need to unduly worry about life. I’m not advocating careless behavior, however, for much of life’s, could have happened, don’t fret. There are surely Angel’s in the Outfield that will give you that little lift over the wall.