Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I had an unusual experience this week. I was feeling a little overwhelmed and had been praying about some circumstances that were weighing heavily on my mind coupled with the usual stress of a demanding job as I began my morning activities. When I arrived at my first marketing call of the day, there was a middle-aged man sitting in the lobby with an open Bible in his lap. He was facing me as I walked in, smiled and spoke to me in a familiar way as if he knew me. I was trying to figure out if I knew him from somewhere.
As I opened the door to go back into the office, he smiled and began to speak some encouraging words to me that went right to my heavy heart, and the load I felt that morning was immediately lifted. I felt free and so much better. I told him he had no idea how much I needed to hear the words he spoke and how much they meant to me.
As I went on through the day, I remembered feeling especially encouraged in this way before, some years ago when I believed I encountered an angel. I don’t want to give glory to an angel that God sends to help us because God alone deserves the glory. However, it is a special feeling to think God cares enough to send an angelic being to speak encouragement when we need it.
Many years ago, I had also started a busy workday with a few burdens committed to prayer. It had been very overcast when I completed my morning run and devotion time. I prayed it would turn into a day of sunshine as I had to drive to Charleston on business that day.
I stopped by the branch office of the business I worked for. When I had completed the matters I had at the office, I picked up my brief case and walked across the sales floor to go out the door. As I approached the door, a customer in a blue uniform ran over to open the door for me. As he opened the door, bright sunshine warmly caressed my face and I said, “Wow, the sun is out.”
The man smiled and said, “You asked for it, didn’t you?” I was halfway down the parking lot before I fully realized what he said to me. There were only two people who knew I had asked for sunshine that day, me and God. I quickly turned around. No cars had come in or departed from the lot, and when I walked back into the office, there were no customers around. No one inside the office remembered seeing a customer in a blue uniform.
It is so exciting to know that God cares about the little things we ask, and would send his angelic workers to give us the encouragement we need at just the right time. Whether he uses his written word, an angel, or inspires a person to speak a word to us, his timing is perfect and his love is limitless.
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” Hebrews 13:2
Dianne Brady is an author and speaker and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.