The Wings of God

by Sheri Schofield

It’s nesting time in the wetland meadow near our house. The other morning when I walked down there, a red-winged blackbird was sitting high up on a power pole singing to his mate. A thrill of lovely notes would fill the air then he would wait. A shorter song would come back from his mate who was sitting on their eggs. Again, he would sing his little song and listen for her response. It was delightful to hear him checking up on her, letting her know he was there, watching over her.

Then he spotted me and his song turned to the danger warning: “Churp! Churp! Churp!” He followed me as I walked down the winding road, keeping me in sight at all times. Apparently, he saw me as a threat, for he sent out a shrill call to the other male birds in the meadow, and they all flew over to hop along the fence and follow me. The blackbird even began hovering over me as I walked! I could see its shadow following me, making sure that I did not attempt to go near its nest.

I put my hood up so I wouldn’t be taken by a surprise attack, and kept walking. The way that bird loved and protected his mate and family reminded me of God. “Like birds hovering overhead, the LORD Almighty will shield Jerusalem; he will shield it and deliver it, he will ‘pass over’ it and will rescue it” (Isaiah 31:5, NIV).

Though Isaiah is specifically speaking of God’s protection of Jerusalem, King David also speaks of the Lord’s protective action over all who trust in him. “For the angel of the LORD is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him” (Psalm 34:7 NLT). I picture more angels hovering over God’s children, as well, protecting them from harm.

King Asa of Judah knew that he should rely on the Lord to defend and protect him. When the Cushites and Libyans brought a great army against him, he called on the Lord for help, and God gave him great victory. Asa had experienced the miracle that comes when one depends upon God. But then, when Asa had been king for thirty-six years, King Baasha of Israel went up to fight against him. Instead of again turning to the Lord for help, Asa made an agreement with Ben-Hadad, king of Aram, and asked for his aid. The ploy was successful.

But God was not happy that Asa had turned to someone else. God sent the prophet Hanani to Asa with the message that God was displeased. He reminded Asa of the victory over the Cushites and Libyans: “…when you relied on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:8-9 NIV).

God’s angels hover over us, eager to help! When we need support, we can call out to God, and He will direct them to come to our aid. When we are ill, our first call should be to God, asking for His help and healing. He has given us the blessing of medicine, but He wants us to call on him first. When we are sad, we can run to the Lord, and He will wrap us in His loving arms and shelter us there. What a wonderful Father – hovering over us always, protecting us from harm! He longs for us to call out to Him!

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:1-2 NIV

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About the author: Sheri Schofield is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years. Sheri was named Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!

Read Sheri and her husband’s amazing story in One Step Ahead of the Devil: A Powerful Love Story. Thrust into national politics because of her husband’s work, Lissa McCloud struggles to save the life of the man she loves from those who are bent on his destruction. Based on true events, the reader is taken deep into the heart of national politics –all the way to Congress and the President of the United States.

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Safe and Secure from All Alarms

by Lilian Elizabeth De Silva             

 “For He shall give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.  Psalm 91: 11 NASB 

It’s not always obvious when angels are present, as they can appear in human form. Hebrews 13:2 (NASB) warns us, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”  I’ve personally experienced instances when a stranger turned up to assist me at a time when only God could help.

In June 2019, I was recovering from heart surgery in the ICU. At dawn, as I was waking up, I saw four angels attending me. Smartly dressed in pure white trousers and shirts, they were swift and agile in performing their tasks. I remembered Scripture which spoke of angels: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1: 14 NSAB). Later, as I went to sleep that night, I saw another angel drawing a net over me, and still another watching over me.

There are many accounts in the Bible of angel visitation. While sitting at the door of his tent in the heat of the day, Abraham saw three men standing opposite him. He rushed to provide for their needs (hospitality—even to strangers—was important in his culture) and received word from them that the son promised by the Lord would arrive in the following year. The strangers then moved on to nearby Sodom.

Joshua, on the eve of the attack on Jericho, saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword. Joshua wasn’t sure why he was there, so he asked: “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” The man explained that he was the captain of the host of the Lord. He had come to assure Joshua that the Lord and His army would go before the Israelites in the battle, just as He had promised before they ever entered the land.

There are many other examples of angelic interaction, both in the Old and New Testaments. Jacob was given a vision of angels on a stairway to heaven before leaving the land that he loved. Gideon was visited with a message from God. Samson’s mother was given instructions on how to raise her son by an angel. David encountered an angel just after a plague had been released on his people. Zechariah, Mary, and Joseph heard the news of the coming Messiah through an angel. At the beginning of the Church, angels visited Cornelius with instructions and brought Peter out of prison.

Hebrews 13:2 assures us that God is still using His messengers today.

As I was regaining my normal health, my younger son’s family, who were in Melbourne, invited me to their home for a stay. I did not know much about travelling overseas. I was travelling alone, so I asked my children to describe, step by step, what would happen on the journey. Upon arrival, my son would pick me up. He assured me he would see me as soon as I emerged from baggage claim.  

After collecting my bags, a steward helped me push my trolley. She walked with me from one end of the terminal to the other several times – but we could not spot my son. Finally, a man overheard our conversation and asked: “Do you need to make a call to someone?” I gave him my son’s number.  He called and my son answered. I looked back and I saw my son, and we waved from a distance. A connection had been made. But when I turned to thank the helpful man, he was gone.

Psalm 34: 7 (NASB) tells us, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and rescues them.” We may not always recognize or even see them, but God’s messengers continue to minister among us.  

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About the author: Lilian DeSilva is the founder of several women’s ministries, including a Pastors’ Wives Fellowship, which represents over twelve denomination is Sri Lanka. She is known for singing praise songs while engaged in whatever work the Lord has given her to do.

She is the author of three books: The Promised Messiah, Be An Overcomer, and Sing with Me. She also has a Song CD, A Ray of Hope, available on Amazon. 

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