One of my closest friends who, like me, is sure she would make a great CIA operative, is paranoid about drones. She is suspicious that foreign governments are spying on her. So for her birthday last week John and I decided to have a little fun.
We have a friend who just happens to have a drone and lives two blocks away from the birthday girl. So we deployed the drone while our friends were outside playing a birthday game of basketball (you know…like you do when you’re a 56 year old woman…).
Anyway, this is a long way around to saying, it got me to thinking about all the holy “drones” that we’re oblivious to. Not drones in a sneaky spyish way, but the unseen forces of God that fight for us.
I was reminded of this too back in July.
One day, as my brother David was in the hospital hovering between life and Life, our friend, Lee, who was miraculously healed of Pancreatic cancer, sat by David’s bedside alone.
Afterwards, Lee journaled about her experience and graciously shared the thoughts she had written about her time with David.
For a couple of hours I sang familiar hymns to him Softly and Tenderly, Amazing Grace, It Is Well With my Soul,..Every hymn I could remember.Later I asked if he’d seen angels.He asked “When you were dying did you see angels Lee?Yes Dave I did.”“Lee I see 11 or 12 angels surrounding our circles of friends who are praying for me.”Then he drifts off into murmuring. Later he spontaneously starts praying out loud – thanking God for being close to him, loving him, “making a path for me”.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. It’s so easy to romanticize angels, but I wonder how much we are unaware of a very real unseen world, and the battles that are going on. Holy drone activity as it were 🙂 .
Think of the passages of Scripture that talk about this. There is a heck of a lot going on!
Daniel asks for help, but it seems like God is not coming through. He just doesn’t see it at first.
In Daniel 10:12-13 an angel is sent to Daniel after he has prayed and says, “‘Relax, Daniel,’ he continued, ‘don’t be afraid. From the moment you decided to humble yourself to receive understanding, your prayer was heard, and I set out to come to you. But I was waylaid by the angel-prince of the kingdom of Persia and was delayed for a good three weeks. But then Michael, one of the chief angel-princes, intervened to help me.” MSG
Or the time Elisha’s servant needs help seeing the Angel Armies.
And then there’s this…*
I wonder if this is one reason it is so important to be still before the Lord, before we launch into the “real life” visible things of our day. It’s a crucial reminder that there is a God who loves me and fights for me in many unseen ways.
Maybe, for a few minutes, just sit silently before the Lord. Experience His presence within you, closer than breathing, closer than thinking.
There is a God and it is not us.
There is a world beyond what we can see.
Lord, open our eyes to You today.