Angels and angel like creatures are found in many cultures and religions. From the Christian culture, angels were created by God and live in Heaven. From what is written in the Bible, angels don’t die, don’t marry and don’t have children (Matthew 22:30). As humans, when we die, we don’t become angels. Angels are angels and worship and glorify God. They are not to be objects of worship (Revelations 22:8-9). However, angels can help us. Angels can serve as God’s messengers, God’s soldiers and guardian angels. They are usually depicted in paintings as having wings though the Bible is not specific about wings. Cherubim and Seraphim are described specifically as having wings but not angels.
I have never seen an angel but do believe that I have been protected by guardian angels. Once long ago, when I was about 20 my mother was having surgery. I wanted to be there but I lived in Colorado and she was in Alabama. I had no money and didn’t think that my car would make it there. I decided to hitchhike to see her. I was scared but determined to get to Alabama. I heard / felt something telling me to go now. I had a friend take me outside of Denver. We were driving on I-25 when I saw a car with Louisiana license plates. A young man was driving. We pulled up to him and I rolled down the window and yelled out, “Can I ride with you?” He pulled over at the next exit. We talked and I had a ride all the way to Little Rock. He was a Christian youth minister who had been in Colorado for a meeting. Once he let me out of his car, I waited for a while and relied on my instincts also known as my angel to tell me when to put out my thumb. Looking back on this, I realize now how risky this was. At the time, I just wanted to see my mother. I stood on the side of the highway for about 5 minutes and a trucker pulled over. He was able to get me all the way to Huntsville, just a few miles from the hospital where my mother was. In addition, he fed me and protected me. Of course, there was a few lectures along the lines of “Do you know that you could have been killed or raped?” but I deserved those. And I never hitchhiked again.
Angels are everywhere. We just need to be aware of them. As a Presbyterian, it is fitting to end with a quote from John Calvin who wrote:
The angels are the dispensers and administrators of the divine beneficence toward us; they regard our safety, undertake our defense, direct our ways, and exercise a constant solicitude that no evil befall us.
Have you ever been protected by angels?