Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14
There are so many mysteries of life that we cannot count them all, and we may never fully understand life itself. Some things are a given and what we can see and touch we can judge for ourselves what they are all about. But about faith and what we cannot see, we are often baffled.
All my life, through the roller coaster ride of ups and downs, I have felt a presence even before I gave my life to Christ. There always seemed to be an angel of some sort protecting me from total disaster, even when imminent danger was present. There was that time in Viet Nam when my replacement for our recon patrol stepped on a land mine and lost his leg. Would have been me except he volunteered knowing I had been out in the jungle too long.
Then there was that DUI when I passed out at the wheel miraculously avoiding killing someone and myself as I flew over an embankment and crashed my head against the steering wheel (pre-airbags) and received a mild concussion. Or hundreds of other situations where there is no explanation for why I didn't totally crash and burn. And, I believe many of you have had that same feeling, those same unbelievable escapes from near disaster.
In that scripture we receive hope that no matter what situation we are in, an angel has been assigned to us to watch over us. Sound crazy? Evidently not to those who speak of a guardian angel or those who have experienced this form of strange presence. God himself asks us to believe that all things are possible for Him, and my hope is that after I die my next assignment might be as an angel to minister to some poor soul like me that needed a major direction change.
None of us, most assuredly me, know for sure what the spiritual realm looks like from the inside. But my guess is that knowing the Lord and watching all the incredible life changing situations I have seen in other people, he has an army of angels at work all around us, led by the Holy Spirit.
Or think of it this way from those constant cartoons that remind us of the devil's representative on one shoulder urging us to do wrong, and the angel on the other shoulder urging us to do the right thing. Or better yet, pick up a copy of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and read another person's thoughts on the spiritual battle for our souls.
Let us know your thoughts, and in the meanwhile give that good angel on your shoulder a nod of thanks!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.