For anyone that has read my free book about the paranormal, you know that I had an encounter with an angel one of those times when I was up to no good. A friend of mine and I were out vandalizing the neighborhood when a ‘man’ appeared out of nowhere. The man said some wise words, turned to leave, and then disappeared. My friend and I were both so scared we ran all the way home and never terrorized the streets again. During that time in my life, I knew of God and believed in Him but I hadn’t surrendered to Him. Despite my bad choices God still had a plan for my life.
Why did I have an experience with an angel? I honestly think it happens more than most realize. Hebrews 13:2 “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” And Hebrews 1:14 “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” More often than not I would guess most go unrecognized. Had he not disappeared in front of us, he would have just been a concerned citizen on a dimly lit sidewalk.
So why did the angel disappear in front of us? I struggled with the answer for a long time but when I was writing my book on the paranormal I realized how perfectly the experience fit in with the story I was telling. It was a finishing touch if you will to validate what I was trying to say…that the spirit world and our world are interwoven very tightly. And I also believe it happened to tell you right now that it doesn’t matter how much you have messed up in the past. God simply wants your heart. There is no such thing as too damaged or too lost. If you choose to believe and to follow Jesus Christ, God will look past all your failures and welcome you into His glorious family.
When I opened the front door yesterday upon arriving home from work I could not believe my eyes. The kitchen floor was still glowing on it’s freshly moped surface. The kitchen counters were wiped clean. The dishwasher was washing. The washer and dryer were going. The living room had been swept and cleaned. I just stood in the doorway in awe. In awe of what my children had done with no adults around and much more importantly, in awe of what God had done.
After I repeatedly thanked my kids I went out to work on the home gym. What a conversation God and I had out there. For those that think I am crazy for talking out loud to someone you can’t see, I can only say I know He is there and I know He is listening. When you know something with all your heart, you don’t care what others think.
As I had got the last of the insulation up and was preparing to sweep the gym floor, my youngest child came out to see my progress. “It’s beautiful Dad,” she said as she looked around with a giant smile and big glowing eyes. After we talked a minute I told her I needed to sweep the floor so I could finish up. She then said, “Dad you have been working hard all day. Let me sweep the floor for you.” I was absolutely stunned. Not only did God answer my prayer with my children contributing, He also tied a little bow on top just because He can.
The struggle with my kids has been so real. For years I have been hitting my head against the wall. I have known for a long time you can’t force someone to do something yet I have continually tried. Change, desire, passion…all those things come from God.
I had been praying many variations of, “How can I work all day long and then get home and work all night long but yet my children can’t work for 10 minutes?” I believe with all my heart that God heard every prayer I asked but I now realize my heart was in the wrong place. I asked God to change their hearts but He wanted me to change mine first.
1 Samuel 10:9 “Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day.”