For he will command his angels concerning you… Psalm 91:11
Have you taken notice of the angels who walk and live among us? Those wonderful beings who remind us that the Kingdom of God is here and now and all around?
My young friend Blynne met an angel just when she needed her. Blynne is a single parent who lives with a life-threatening illness that frequently puts her in the hospital and that causes her young son great concern.
After one of these extended episodes, Blynne and her mother were walking Sonny to his classroom at the start of the school week. When they reached the door, little Sonny started crying hysterically and fastened himself around his mother’s legs, refusing to let her leave.
Blynne and her mother had kept the school apprised of the medical updates with each event, and, apparently, the school had assigned an angel to watch over young Sonny. His teacher walked up quietly to Sonny and gently began to peel his small fingers and arms from his mother and then bent over him as the two ladies exited.
Before he could protest, the teacher told Sonny that she needed his help. Would Sonny be willing to work for her? At that, his attention was diverted and he warily asked what she needed. The teacher explained that she needed someone to welcome parents to the room as they dropped off their children and to ensure they had signed in their student. Did Sonny think he could do that? Well, yes…he would help.
That started Sonny’s new job and new purpose which continued throughout the school year. Every morning when Sonny began his day, he reminded his mother that they had to hurry so that he wouldn’t be late for work. And if the teacher were otherwise occupied when Sonny arrived, she would excuse herself to go over to greet her assistant.
We all want to do big things that make a mark in the world while we sometimes miss the small things that could significantly change someone else’s universe. Why not be open to the little things? Little acts that God can powerfully use if only we make ourselves available? Opportunities for ministry abound, and there are ample openings for angels.
Father, make us faithful in the little things that we may receive great joy in serving you through serving others. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.