Years ago, when my daughter was about 3 years old we were traveling through Colorado on our way to my husband's annual elk hunting location. We had a bit of a caravan with us that year: my husband was driving our "retro-mobile" (old motorhome) with our dog in the front seat, I was driving a Suburban rental that we had just picked up in Denver (with my 3yr old daughter in the backseat), and my husband's parents were driving a truck with a trailer towing behind it carrying a bunch of hunting gear and probably a 4wheeler or two.
We had just left Denver and turned north off I-70 onto this pass (I forget the name), but it was going up the mountain and down the other side and it was all switch-back. It was very steep and the switch-back corners were very tight (for a motor home, and towed trailer), and the edges off the sides of the road just dropped to sheer cliffs (very few guardrails).
We started driving up it and hadn't gone very far when my daughter said to me, "Who's that man?"
I said "What man?" (as we are driving up the mountain and there are no people walking nearby.)
"THAT man!", she says, pointing.
"I don't see him", I say, "can you tell me where he is?"
She then points straight out the front window.
I (unfortunately) don't see anything. So I ask her "can you describe him?"
She doesn't really. To him, he's just a man, and at 3yrs old, she doesn't have much of a descriptive lingo. So, without much of a description, I say to her that he must be an angel. She just nods and we go on our way.
When we arrive at a stopping point I tell my mother-in-law what has happened. She is pretty happy about it and goes and tells her husband.
Her husband simply replies "He must have heard". She asks him what he means by that, and he explains that before we headed up the mountain pass he had prayed to God to send His angels to watch over us and get us safely over the treacherous pass.
Isn't God good?
I'm smiling right now remembering that time. I am so happy my daughter was able to experience God's power. I personally would love to experience being able to see God and His angels. Isn't it wonderful that the innocence of a child allowed her to really SEE. Yet, we sometimes as "logical, rational" adults aren't able to see the beauty of God's embrace. I would love to lose whatever it is that prevents me from seeing. Clear my eyes Lord, wash away the haze. Let me see clearly. Open my eyes!
Don't you too?
I know its not just the pure at heart (like a child) that can see God's work. I know of adults that have come face to face with spiritual beings. I, have not. I wish I have, and more importantly, I hope I do in the future. Oh, I can just imagine the touch that would have on my life! Can't you imagine it on yours too? I know how it felt to HEAR God for the first time, and to have Him prove to me that He was real (yes, I was a bit like Gideon I suppose). Its wonderful! Imagine how much MORE wonderful it would be to SEE AND HEAR! How Awesome!
Do you hesitate to think that maybe she didn't really see an angel? I don't, and never did for a second. The moment she told me, I KNEW what she was seeing, even though I couldn't see it myself. Do you want to know how I knew?
Collossian 1:16 says, " Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see."
God has created everything (remember Genesis?). He created us for fellowship, and he created angels to worship Him and carry out His plans. Psalm 103:20-21 says, " Praise the Lord, you angels of His, you mighty creatures who carry out His plans, listening for each of His commands. Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels who serve Him and do His will."
That angel she saw was carrying out His plan. It was an answer to prayer (her Grandpa's prayer), to protect us and guide us safely through that pass. Psalm 91:11-12 also says, "He orders His angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone". (Or a sheer cliff, in our case) :)
Isn't it reassuring to know that God is always there for you, always watching out for you. And He loves you so much, that even though He is all-powerful, He even has His 'security guards' look after you too!?
I like it.
Just remember that no matter what you are going though, whether it be a trying time with fertility issues, finances, health, your walk with God, or even a drive up a mountainside, God is there with you.
All the time.