Following Angels

Following Angels

Today’s Scripture Selection: Exodus 23:20

“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared for you.”

Who was this angel of God that went before the people of God in their wilderness wanderings?

I wouldn’t begin to speculate on such a matter, though I can imagine there are those who have some interesting theories.

I will say this though…

It comforts me when I think of God providing for a wandering people with angelic assistance.  It comforts me to think that sometimes, in my own times of wandering, God may be gracious enough to provide similar guidance.

It’s interesting to note how much is said these days about the presence and guidance of angels.  Some of what is said seems relatively sound but much of it is mere speculation.

I feel on safe ground, though, simply reminding us that God does not leave us alone in our wandering, however His abiding presence might come.

Do I think we should run to the nearest psychic, pay our money and get in touch with whatever spiritual entity he or she recommends?  Not on your life.

Do I think, however, that when we pray sincerely for God’s divine presence and guidance it will come in any number of interesting and powerful ways? Yes.  I absolutely believe in that possibility – even that probability – because I believe scripture speaks of it often.

So, as the scriptures might say, “watch”.  You never know when God may be sending guidance and comfort your way.

Who knows?  It might even come in the form of an angel – moving quietly, but surely, before you.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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