During my educational years, (both elementary and high school) our family lived on Rickenbacher Avenue. I didn't think much about the street name until I read a fascinating story about Eddie Rickenbacker in an Angel book by Billy Graham. During World War II, the pilot experienced divine help when he and his crew were saved at sea after their B-17 ran out of fuel and landed in the Pacific Ocean.
Rev. Graham writes: "For weeks nothing was heard of him. The newspapers reported his disappearance, and across the country thousands of people prayed. Mayor LaGuardia asked the whole city of New York to pray for him.
Then he returned.
The Sunday papers headlined the news, and in an article, Captain Rickenbacker himself told what had happened: "And this part I would hesitate to tell," he wrote, "except that there were six witnesses who saw it with me. A gull came out of nowhere, and lighted on my head-- I reached up my hand very gently--I killed him and then we divided him equally among us. We ate every bit, even the little bones. Nothing ever tasted so good."
Years later, Billy Graham asked Captain Rickenbacker to tell him the story personally because it was through this experience that Eddie came to know Christ. He said, "I have no explanation except that God sent one of His angels to rescue us."
Years later, I learned the appearance of a gull "unusually indicates lessons or abilities in proper behavior, courtesy, and communication. It may reflect you need the lessons, or that you may become the teacher of such. It may also reflect new learning in the subtleties of communication."
Thanks to the angels, I got an education on trusting that God can make a way where there is none. And, Capt. Rickenbacker's miracle gull brought home to roost the good news that prayer works. Angel communications are real. Make no bones about it.
Do not fear:
I am with you;
do not be
I am your God.
I will help you,
I will uphold
Have a blessed day. And, remember, you are never alone. God loves you and has sent His angels to watch over you.
Love and peace,
Angels, Billy Graham)