The angel of God encamps around those who fear God, and delivers them.
At times our lives are like castles without protective moats – completely open and vulnerable to the wiles and vagaries aimed at us – work, responsibilities, demands, expectations, relationships, difficulties, sadness. We feel defenseless. It seems that while we are attending to one aspect of our existence, we are also trying to exercise vigilance over another that feels particularly at risk. Just then, we can find ourselves “taking a hit” in yet another area of life. We can easily identify with the proverbial saying, “When it rains, it pours....” We long to reach out and be cared for. We ache to live the life of the ideal child – held safely apart from every danger in the embrace of a loving parent. We wish to have someone else keep watch over our life for a while. We want the unrest to go away and leave us at peace.
The defending angels create that place of safety. They set up camp around us. We may feel exposed and susceptible, but in the quiet space where human sight is often blind, there they take up residence, not to soothe and comfort, but to defend and deliver. Are you poised to feel the protection of the defending angels even when they are hidden from your sight?
O God, in the silent space of my fear and disquiet, surround me with the heavenly presence – the company of angels – and set my heart at rest.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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