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Topic: Where Angels Fear to Tread (not about the book) (09/08/11)
TITLE: Angels are Everywhere
By Louis Detweiler
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Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) “For I am convinced that neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Angels tread everywhere. God is omniscient and omnipresent. Therefore his voice, guidance, and direction are everywhere. I firmly believe that God is able to be with us at all times.
Many times I pray for God’s grace to help me and others. I pray for good relationships. I pray for financial wealth. I ask God to act on my behalf every day. I pray for humility to follow God in thought word and deed. But as much as I pray, I don’t feel I have the connectedness to God as these two events I’m going to reveal to you. God helped me in these two instances when I wasn’t praying for God to help me. His voice is everywhere.
The summer of my junior year in high school I decided to take a two week hike on the Appalachian Trail in the Shenandoah Valley National Park. The Appalachian Trail is a rugged trail throughout the Park. It traverses the backbone of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The trail is popular for its spectacular views. During the summer months the park is packed with people and the trail is used heavily. Since the trail is high up on the ridges of the Blue Ridge Mountains water and shelter is always in short supply. Water can be found at the shelters spaced 8 to 12 miles apart. The sleeping accommodations are primitive and limited. The large three sided shelters are available on a first come first serve basis.
I went by myself and carried all my food and belongings in a large backpack. The pack weighed close to 70 lbs. with most of it being food. Hiking the trail wears one out from all the work required to carry the heavy back pack all day. I was wandering into one of the shelters off of the Appalachian Trail one night and found the shelter full. I had just hiked twelve miles that day and I very tired. Even the camping spots around the lean-to were taken.
With all the people milling about the lean-to, finding a site where I could pitch a tent was difficult. Then, after setting up my tent I had to build my own fire pit for cooking. It was going to be a rough night. The tent I had was a tube tent. It was open at both ends and didn’t keep out all of the rain or any mosquitoes.
I was laying out my tent when a minister and three young men from his congregation walked up to me. The minister asked me, “Where are you sleeping tonight?”
I looked at my tube tent and told him, “As soon as I pitch my tent, I guess I’ll sleep right here.”
The minister then offered, “We have extra room in one of our tents at the RV-campground. I think this area is going to be real crowded down here tonight.”
Knowing I really didn’t have any place to pitch my tent I accepted his offer. The other young men even offered to carry my pack for me. It was a miracle. The next morning I said goodbye to my friends. I don’t remember their names but I do remember their act of kindness. Every other lean-to I came to during that hike I found shelter.
The other act where I believed God was watching out for me is when I got out of boot camp in the Navy. I just finished Basic Training in Orlando Florida and my high school girlfriend’s family had moved to Orlando several years earlier. I took a bus from Basic Training to the other side of Orlando where her family was living. We had a misunderstanding on the phone and I just started walking not knowing where I was going. In about fifteen minutes Jean, my girlfriend, spotted me from her mother’s car and they were able to pick me up. It was amazing that Jean saw me walking down the side of the road. She had to be looking out the side window of the car at the precise time I was walking down the road. It was a miracle; the timing was perfect.
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