Some people think that God assigns one guardian angel to every believer.
Sharon reminded me this week that I’ve never told you the story about the day I met my guardian angel.
Sure, I’d read that passage in Hebrews about entertaining angels, but I had no idea that I’d be sitting right next to one during the Saturday night service.
Back in 2004, I felt the nudge to possibly take my very first short-term missions trip. The church published the list of upcoming trips in the form of a passport. I grabbed a copy and sat in my seat looking through the choices.
Cuzco immediately grabbed my attention. The trip involved drama, music, and evangelism to local schools. The June trip worked well with my schedule as a single gal with eight weeks of vacation from my full-time teaching gig.
The focus of the trip also suited me perfectly. I sang in the church choir and taught drama courses all year long. Why not use those gifts to share His story in a beautiful country?
But, I hesitated. What if I held the team back? My limitations might be a distraction and detriment.
The service began, and I tucked my passport to Peru away and focused on the sermon. The message was on the importance of reaching out to others — of walking together in community. At one point right in the middle of the lesson, pastor encouraged us to introduce ourselves to a person sitting close to us and then spend a few minutes praying for one another.
I looked to my left and exchanged handshakes and smiles with a girl who introduced herself as “Jill.”
How may I pray for you? she asked.
Well, I am considering going on a missions trip this year. Possibly to Peru.
Really? Well, I am actually a missionary in Peru with Book of Hope. I am home for a few weeks on furlough.
Are you serious?!?!? We would be partnering with Book of Hope on that trip. I think God just told me I am going to Peru!
Well, I serve at the main office in Lima, but maybe our paths will cross again.
A few months later, I landed in Peru. Every child I met grabbed my heart and broke it into a million pieces. I will never be the same again.
I was honored to meet The Director of Book of Hope, who joined our team mid-week. At one point, he was helping me cross a very precarious suspension bridge on foot because they weren’t sure that the weight of the van would safely carry us across to the rural school grounds.
A friendly fellow, he started to make conversation. “So, how did God lead you to travel to Peru on this trip?” he asked. I smiled and immediately told him how God had confirmed my plans when I had met his colleague, Jill.
He looked at me quizzically. Are you sure her name was Jill? We don’t have anyone named Jill working in the Lima office.
That’s not possible. Really?
Apparently, my angel wanted to teach me how to fly.
This past week, I’ve prayed Psalm 91 over my husband and a dear friend in need of God’s protection and healing. I am expecting His angel armies to stay close by their side.
I am determined to #PrayBig until we break through to the other side. In the meantime, I am considering how I might be an Angelic Assistant and partner with God in bringing hope to the weary. Do you want to join me?
How to Live Like an Angel on Earth:
- Angels worship God with all their being and inspire others to do the same. (Isaiah 6:1-3; Psalm 148:2)
- Angels are quick to obey God’s commands and serve others in dire need of help. (Hebrews 1;14, Psalm 103:20)
- Angels encourage the downcast and strengthen the faint of heart. (Acts 27:23-24)
I’ve heard it said that friends are angels that lift us up when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly. Who will you help to soar this week?
Something to think about…
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