Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

Angel Appearances

A few days ago a startling headline appeared in the secular news:  ‘Angel’ priest visits Missouri accident scene.  You can read the article here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/07/angel-crash-missouri/2630227/ 

Who doesn’t love these accounts of God breaking through the gauze curtain and letting people like us see something truly amazing?

Speaking of angels–The story of Balaam and his donkey is both funny and amazing.  He’s riding along on a dubious errand when all of a sudden the donkey starts taking evasive maneuvers.  Balaam’s foot gets crushed against a wall, and then the donkey just lies down and refuses to go any farther.  Balaam is so upset as he beats the donkey, that he doesn’t seem to notice that the donkey is actually speaking!  Listen in on their conversation and see if you can keep a straight face:

     “What have I done to you that deserves your beating me three times?” it asked Balaam.
      “You have made me look like a fool!” Balaam shouted. “If I had a sword with me, I would kill you!”
      “But I am the same donkey you have ridden all your life,” the donkey answered. “Have I ever done anything like this before?”
     “No,” Balaam admitted.
Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the roadway with a drawn sword in his hand. Balaam bowed his head and fell face down on the ground before him.  (Numbers 22, especially verses 21-31,  NLT)

It’s fascinating that an angel can look like an ordinary person or an intimidating warrior—or be totally invisible.  I am comforted by reminders that God intervenes in the affairs of ordinary life and reminds us that it’s not ordinary, after all!  He is there and He cares!

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