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!
I’m taking a break from my normal genre to share thoughts related to my eldest granddaughter, Emmeline, who will celebrate her 11th birthday in May. In God’s wisdom, He allowed her to be born with a brain tumor. In God’s providence, he has provided excellent medical care and financial help through all these years. In God’s goodness, he has supported her with an “army” of prayer supporters who have stood behind her faithfully. And now, still in God’s plan, a “growth” of some sort has appeared on her brain stem, triggering alarming symptoms.
Emmeline is an incredibly beautiful and sweet girl who loves the Lord, enjoys making greeting cards and treasures her friends. She is big sister to five younger siblings and enjoys the love and care of devoted parents. Most of all, she is loved by God—Who doesn’t make mistakes!
As our family heads into a new part of this journey with her, we pray that we can all keep our eyes on the Lord, leaning ever harder on His goodness, grace, provision, strength, and mercy. May He be glorified in Emmeline and her family no matter where this leads. And may those who watch be drawn closer to Him.
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!
I’m a pretty ordinary person, nothing special. So what kind of a King would even notice me, one of his millions of subjects, much less single me out for special love and favor? How can I wrap my head around (pardon the trite idiom) the fact that the Creator and King of the Universe
–wants to be with me
–delights in me
–smiles on me
–sings over me
–lavishes me with good gifts
–tenderly cares for me & works out the details of my life?
Here’s where a switch to the Father metaphor helps. As my Abba, I can more easily think of these intimate aspects of His concern for me. How amazing to have the Sovereign of all time and space as my own Father! How can I begin to grasp the paradox of His love for little ol’ me?
…may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. (Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT)