I don’t like to use the word coincidence anymore. The definition for this word per dictionary.com, states, “occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance.” I have seen too often in my life, that these “mere chance” events, are not just haphazardly occurring. While it’s playing out, some people won’t likely see a connection, but after the future reveals itself, they might clearly see a divine intervention. I know, I always do.
This past Sunday, I was preparing for church and at the same time also contemplating what my next blog would be about. As I was getting ready, my thoughts went to the topic of angels. I immediately said to myself, “Why write about angels?”. I had not been thinking about the topic, talking about the topic or even reading anything about angels that would have caused my mind to dwell on this. Despite this, I have learned by now, that when these revelations occur, I refuse to question why and acknowledge that it most likely is God downloading instructions for me. So, I then tell my husband I know what my next blog topic will be about and I finish getting ready. Despite not actually knowing the details of what to write (at this point) and not having the background or knowledge of what to share with my readers, I’m positive that this is what I would write about.
As I said, I don’t believe in coincidences any longer. My husband and I now sit in our seats in church and we begin to worship. After worship and the opening prayer from Pastor Dave, the PowerPoint slide for today’s sermon appears:
I start processing what I see on the overhead screen, and in a matter of seconds, I understand this is confirmation of what was revealed to me at home while I was getting ready. This brings credence to one of my favorite passages:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3;5-6, NIV
I therefore share with you what was placed on my heart when I think about angels. I believe they are real because the Bible has numerous stories of them. Despite not fully understanding all their characteristics, we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart. Below are a couple passages that reference angels:
Now after the Sabbath, near dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other [a]Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 And a great earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone [from the opening of the tomb], and sat on it. 3 The angel’s appearance was like lightning, and his clothes wereas white as snow. Matthew 28:1-3
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Hebrews 13:2 NKJV
These passages and many others discuss angels in detail and you can research them further with a study bible. However, I personally want to share with you a heart-felt story of a little girl who was born several weeks premature. Her name is Malia. She is a twin sibling who endured an incredible journey and just days after her birth, had to undergo open heart surgery. I recall how hard this was on her parents and her grandmother (my friend) as they requested prayers for Malia’s healing and survival. It was a scary time and I recall this small child of God being on my mind daily. This was one of the times in my life where I would seek prayer fervently for days and be brought to tears every time I thought about this small innocent child fighting for her life. The below photo was engraved in my mind as I pleaded for Jesus to help the doctors; to give them wisdom and guidance; to comfort her parents during this difficult time of fear and to send angels to be by Malia’s side so she would not be afraid.
I was living this horrible event with this family at a distance (they resided in San Diego, CA at the time) through updates via text and phone calls. I prayed with such faith that I was convinced without a doubt this child was going to survive. I knew she was being protected and watched over. I was convinced that angels would be by her side whispering sweet words of comfort. I knew she was not alone. Malia survived this ordeal and I finally met her years later when her parents moved back to NY.
I recall driving to Syracuse to meet these precious twins. I was excited but nervous at the same time. I was going to physically witness the manifestation of a miracle in these little girls. I arrived at the house and as soon as Malia saw me, she ran into my arms. I remind you, that I had never met her before then. Despite this, it was as if we knew each other already. As she hugged me, she said an inaudible word. She pointed and looked behind me. I turned my head trying to figure out what she might have said. The only thing behind me was the wall to the left of the open front door, a doorbell and an outside porch light. Perplexed, I thought the word she uttered was, “angel”. I turned to her grandmother, my friend, and asked, “Did she say, angel”? My friend said, “Yes, it sounded like that to me too.” She proceeded to say that Malia had said this before while she was in her backyard and seemed to be pointing at nothing at that time as well (at least nothing we could see). This is Malia today:
I am convinced that what this child saw, was an actual angel behind me. I recall hearing stories that retell of encounters that children seem to have with angels. I think, as adults, our minds make it difficult for us to get past our preconceived learned limitations of what is truly possible in the spiritual realm. So, by faith and knowing how glorious our God is, I believe in angels because I know one was sent to be with Malia.
With sincerity, I ask you to read the Bible daily and take His word to heart, because I strongly believe, that there is so much revelation in that Book that we cannot barely wrap our heads around it all.
Love, blessings and prayers,