But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy…for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me." --Genesis 22:11-12
Abraham was at a point of crisis. He had a difficult decision to make. He had taken all the steps needed to make what he believed was the right choice and he was prepared to act on that choice. But on the path toward action, second thoughts surely assailed him. Would he follow through on what had been asked of him even though it was an ultimate and incomprehensible sacrifice? The moment arrived – he chose to act.
They watch from heaven. They do the bidding of God. At the very moment when the decision would be irrevocable, heaven stepped in. In the very second when earth and heaven met, the watching angel halted him mid-step from acting on his decision. The angel moved into the edgy breach, sewed the tattered edges together, and Abraham saw the way clear before him.
When decisions leave us uncertain, uneasy, when we are at the point of crisis in our decision-making, we can count on heaven to intervene with watching angels. We need only believe that the space between earth and heaven is very thin indeed. We need only be prepared and open to hear the angel calling our name. How poised are you to hear the angels’ voices?
O God, thank you for giving me the ability to make choices. Let your “watching” angels protect me from the mistaken choices that bring more harm than good.
These meditations first appeared at explorefaith.org
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