Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Angels and the Circumstances of Life
Over the past seven years or so, it has become evident to me that angels walk among us. I have learned that it is up to us to recognize them as they interract with us in our day-to-day lives.
One such example of this phenomenon in my life exists by the name of Cherry. My wife, Cindy, and I met Cherry some years ago in our Sunday school class.
As the weeks went by, and we got to know her better and better, it became clear that Cherry was a class act. She was the kind of person we wanted as a friend. One day, after Cindy and I had had a particularly rough few days with work and other stresses, a note came in the mail. It was a greeting card from Cherry. It urged us to stay focused---that God was working on our behalf.
Now, this note was completely unsolicited and totally "out of the blue". How did she know we needed cheering up? We never found out how she knew that; but, about a year later, another card came in the mail, right at a time when I was having a tough time spiritually. It was from Cherry, urging me to keep a good attitude.
Well, after several of these occasions where she seemed to appear from nowhere to bolster our attitudes, I began to call her "my angel"---someone who inexplicably was there when I needed a word of encouragement. I can't explain any of this, but the bible does tell us that there are angels among us, and that we may often be unaware of their presence.
I mention all of this because Cherry's husband, Mark, passed away a few days ago. She called me last night and asked me if I would bring my guitar to the memorial service on Friday and sing the great gospel song, "I'll Fly Away". She said she wanted something uplifting.
I told her that of course I would do that. I will do it to honor Mark's life, to bring some cheer to her and to glorify God.
"Just a few more weary days and then I'll fly away
To a land where joys will never end, I'll fly away
I'll fly away O glory, I'll fly away!
When I die, Hallelujah by and by, I'll fly away!"