My grandparents were born and lived in Lithuania before World War II. In 1940 communist Russia occupied Lithuania, and then Nazi Germany took it over. Near the end of WW II the Russians came back and reoccupied the nation. There was a lot of fighting between the Russians and the Germans with Lithuanian collaborators on both sides.
Eventually my grandparents with their children fled Lithuania, never to return. My grandmother had a strange story from those days, the time before they became refugees. She considered it divine intervention by a guardian angel.
When there was fighting in the local area it was obvious by the sound of gunfire in the distance. The family would go into the basement of the simple house where they lived. The basement was more a hole in then what we’d think of as a basement. But when things were quiet again, everybody would return upstairs.
One quiet day grandma was sitting in the house chatting with some family and neighbors. According to grandma, she was sitting on a couch by herself when she suddenly felt something invisible nudge her, pushing her on her right side. There was nobody there, but she got up anyway and moved over a seat on the couch. Literally seconds later, there was the sound of gunfire in the distance, and a stray bullet broke through the window and landed in the couch seat right where grandmother sat just seconds before.
Everyone was startled. They checked to see if grandmother was ok and she was fine. Had she not moved, that bullet would have ended up in her midsection. Back in those days, there were no emergency room to run to. She would have died. They checked the couch and found the rifle bullet embedded in it.
She thought this incident was very strange and for many years kept that bullet as a good luck token. Since she was a deeply religious person, she believed it was an angel that saved her by pushing her to move out of the way of a random stray bullet. God saved her life.
Did a guardian angel save her life? Or did grandma have a life saving premonition?
I have a problem with the idea of God directly intervening in a person’s life. It is the problem of divine favoritism. In a war, many people suffer and die unjustly. Why would God favor one person to live over another? Is that fair? Why would God spare my grandmother’s life but not countless others? The answer from some would be God works in mysterious ways. Perhaps so.
There is another possibility that removes the problem of favoritism. We are our own guardian angel.
There is a belief in esoteric thought that we all consist of different levels of existence: physical, mental, astral, and spiritual. This spiritual aspect of our existence exists outside of time and space as part of the universal Divine. We have no direct contact with this version of our self. If we encountered this aspect of our self, it would seem as if it were a separate entity.
Yet this guardian angel, our higher self, does interact and communicate with us through our intuition. Insights, premonitions, answers to problems, the correct path to take are often available from our higher self if we listen to our intuition. Everyday our higher self tries to guide us if we are open its messages.
Grandma’s life may have been saved by a premonition, which she acted on. It was her choice to move. Life changing intuition happens to many people many times. If divine intervention is essentially in our own hands, then life is fair. We can’t blame God anymore. We have to listen to the quiet voice inside us all.