I heard a strange story. I am not sure what to make of it. It sounds like a trick of the mind, a hallucination. Then again, how can we really know?
Ann was a faithful church attendee. This story became known by some of her congregation. Ann was recently not feeling well. Her illness was undetermined.
One night she was driving her car down a crowded street, and she approached a railroad. Unwisely she didn’t stop before the railroad but continued on despite the stoplight ahead, with traffic backed up. She stopped on the railroad track with cars ahead of her.
Then she had a seizure while in her car. Ann was unable to move. She just sat in her car nearly passed out. She had her seizure in the worst possible place, on a railroad. As Ann then related to others afterward, she became aware of someone in the backseat of her car.
She was alone in her car, but then in the rear view mirror she saw a man, a stranger, sitting in the backseat of her car. This man spoke to her, “You have to move your car. You need to move your car now.”
Ann began to panic but she was unable to move. The streetlight ahead had turned green and the cars ahead had moved on. The cars behind her were circling around her car, but her car remained on the tracks. The stranger in her backseat repeated his warning…”You need to move immediately.”
She stepped on her accelerator and her car staggered ahead and she pulled to the side. A minute latter the railroad’s lights turn on, the gates lowered and a Metra passenger train hurled down the rail at great speed, its horn wailing. She sat in her car for a while before she recovered enough and was able to drive home. Shaken, she would later go to her doctor.
Ann discovered that she had a brain tumor. It became a terrible struggle for her. She wondered if this strange man in the backseat of her car, on the railroad track, was only her imagination or if it was something like an angel. But why would an angel save her life if she didn’t have long to live? I have no answer.