God will command the angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
In some ways it feels manipulative. Having anyone monitor our lives can feel manipulative, even when the monitoring is divinely benevolent. We want to be free to make our own decisions, our own mistakes, our own plans. We are created with the great gift of free choice, so what business is it of the angels to insert themselves into our lives to watch over everything we plan, decide, or goof up?
On the other hand, there is a kind of comfort knowing that the protecting angels are keeping an eye out for us. We hope it is really true, though we wonder when we are toppled by tragedy, when war whips away our confidence, when disaster drowns out the joy in life, when seemingly horrific and senseless things happen in ours or others lives. Where are the protecting angels then, we ask?
It happens in the slice of time between dark and dawn, between drizzle and downpour, between shade and sun. It happens in the unthinking, unaware, unattended times of life. The times when we are in one place mentally, physically, emotionally, and are surprised to find ourselves in a completely different place only a sliver of time later. The protecting angels have carried us through that sliver and we find ourselves surprised by the subtle change that has occurred. Are you poised to notice the protecting angels’ work in those miraculous moments, when heaven’s curtain opens on your earthly life and causes you to utter a hushed “ahhhh”?
O God, it is the in-between times that are so easily missed or forgotten. Keep me awake to the in-between times, for that is where miracles are being revealed.
These meditations first appeared at explorefaith.org
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