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My guess is that not one person who reads this post will find the above verse of scripture unfamiliar. It’s often quoted in sermons, used as memory verse material, and is a favorite to print on plaques and other decorative items. While not everyone will be able to say where the verse is located, most folks will know it’s from the Bible, and can pretty much quote it word for word.
That’s good. Or is it?
An old saying suggests that with familiarity comes contempt…or disregard. For example, consider the items hanging on your walls, or the scenery outside your home. Chances are, they’re so much a part of your life that they’ve become invisible. If asked to do so, you could describe them right down to the last detail. But when you walk through the rooms in your house, how often do you actually see what’s on the walls? Someone recently asked me if I still owned a certain picture that has hung in my home for years. “Yes,” I replied. “It’s hanging in my—” At this point, I stopped, because I couldn’t remember. I hadn’t noticed it in a long time.
I closed my eyes, deliberately pictured my home, room to room and wall to wall, and finally located that picture. In my living room, where I see it every day. Or rather, where I don’t see it every day.
Unfortunately, I fear that’s what happens to us in regard to God’s Word, as well. Take that verse of scripture from Psalms 91:11...
In Destiny’s Dream, Book One of my upcoming Solomon’s Gate series, Destiny May’s mother kind of “bequeaths” this scripture to her daughter just before she dies. While my heroine is touched by the gesture, she doesn’t give her mother’s dying words serious thought. The verse is so familiar that she doesn’t really see what it promises her.
Until angels start showing up in her life.
Before long Destiny is forced to take a deeper look, and she finally gets it. She sees beyond the familiar to the fullness of this very personal promise: God had given His angels charge over her, to keep her in ALL her ways.
The word “all” covers a tremendous amount of territory. Job. Family. Friends. Home. Bills. Hobbies. Relationships. The little things and the big things, the important ones and the trivial.
Now look beyond the word “all” to WHO is keeping you in all your ways. Angels.
They’re out there. God’s Word isn’t a fairy tale. Every word is a fact. Including the word “angels,” and the promise that they are with us.
Sometimes they’re not visible to our human vision. Sometimes, I firmly believe they are, but our pitiful human minds refuse to connect the dots. Consider Hebrews 13:2, with its unapologetic directive: Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Who’s to say the homeless man on the corner, the one who waves to you each day as you pass by, is not one of your angels? And what about the quiet woman who always seems to be at the next table in your favorite local café? Remember the stranger who chased you down with your purse when you left it behind in the busy mall?
Is it possible? Yes. It is.
God’s special messengers, His angels, have charge over you. They’re with you every step you take, every decision you make. When you think you’re alone…you’re not. The things you fear, you shouldn’t, because angels have your back. Even when we don’t feel them, when we don’t see them, when we forget their existence…they are there. Guarding, protecting, guiding and teaching.
Keeping. Keeping us in all our ways.
Isn’t that just like God? Using His heavenly creatures to take care of us, His earthly children.
That’s a promise to cherish. All of it. Every word.
Precious Father, I thank You for being so concerned with my well-being that You would assign your holy angels to light my path and guide my steps, to keep me in every way. Help me to look beyond the familiar, to the fullness of all that You’ve promised me. Open my eyes to see the possibilities in every person that I come in contact with. Above all, create in me a clean heart and a right spirit, so when someone looks at me, they see a reflection of You. I ask these things in Your precious, holy name. Amen.
Is a little respect too much to ask at a parent’s funeral?
Clay finds Destiny beautiful, charming...and intelligent. So why is she stubbornly determined to open a Christian dating service? Clay has little respect for such a frivolous profession, and doesn’t think the small, conservative town of Castle Creek will welcome such a progressive business. But when Destiny is threatened by an anonymous caller who deeply resents her and what she does for a living, Clay makes it his business to keep the saucy redhead out of harm’s way.
Trouble is, spending time in her company weakens his defenses, and Destiny may be the one thing Clay can’t escape...if he even wants to.
In lieu of individual giveaways from blog to blog, and as part of my promotional efforts for Destiny’s Dream, I’m conducting an exciting two-part contest, ongoing from Dec. 15 through Jan. 31. I encourage you to take part in this fun event! The prizes are a couple of stunningly beautiful decorative bottles, and anointing oil to go in them. The wonderfully aromatic oil is called “Daughter of Destiny.” God couldn’t have worked it out better!
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Join the Destiny's Dream blog tour:
Dec. 20 Cathy West http://catherinewestblog.blogspot.com/
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Jan. 18 Sandy Ardoin http://sandraardoin.wordpress.com/wordslinger-blog/
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Jan. 20 Tanya Stowe http://www.creativewritingforces.blogspot.com/
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