VELO, HEAVEN’S FIREFIGHTER
Velo felt exhilarated every time he flew through the obstacle course set up for training new angels. He knew that he was the smallest angel in the training class. When the other angels spread their magnificent wings to fly through the training course, Velo felt even smaller than he was. He never doubted the Creator made him out of love, and the other angels always treated him with kindness, but he wanted more. He wanted their respect, as well.
“How can they respect a small angel? I’m definitely not imposing like Michael or Gabriel!” thought Velo.
Velo felt the only noteworthy characteristic he possessed was the speed with which he could cut corners and speed through the training course. He won every race in training, but it didn’t matter to him, because at the end of the course as he stood next to his fellow training angels, their wings rose high over him reminding him of his size.
Finally, the training program was finished. Velo received his gold graduation sword along with the other angels in the graduating class. The sword felt heavy on his hip, but Velo was so proud of it. He was excited about the accomplishment just completed, but dismayed at the same time wondering how he can be of any use to the King of Kings who had bigger and stronger angels to do His bidding.
Velo pondered this question as he slowly flew through the heavens. As he did so, he happened to glance down on earth. With his piercing eyes, shaper than any eagle’s, Velo noticed a flurry of action against a son of the King. A gaggle of demons were shooting flaming arrows at the poor man. It looked as though the battle had been going on for a long time. The son of the King looked beaten and bedraggled. His knees were starting to buckle, and his arm holding up the shield of faith (Ephsians 6:16 NIV) was beginning to lower as he weakened. With swiftness, Velo dived to the aid of the stricken man. Velo quickly grabbed the man’s arms and strengthened them to hold the shield of faith high. The flaming arrows began to diminish as the demons realized that Velo was helping their target. They flew off growling about finding another victim.
As Velo resumed his slow flight in the heavens, he noticed the other angels looking at him in a funny way.
He thought to himself, “That’s strange.”
Next, he saw coming towards him the captain of the hosts of the King’s angels.
“Oh no! Did I do something wrong?” Velo had never felt so shaken.
The captain approached Velo and grabbed his shoulders.
“We are so proud of you! Several angels responded to help the son of the King when you did, but you were faster. You arrived in time to save the man. The others may have been too late. Because of your capable speed in an emergency, we are designating you as our Emergency Firefighter, a special role to quench the fiery arrows of the evil one.”
That’s what the funny looks from the other angels were, admiration and respect. It was a new experience for Velo, but one he thoroughly enjoyed. With his heart bursting with joy, Velo immediately began a search and rescue for any other child of the King who might need him. He was going to be the best Emergency Firefighter ever seen in the heavens.
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