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Topic: ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME (donít write about the song) (06/04/15)
TITLE: The Unseen
By Diane M. Bowman
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Directly in front of me was a throne and the Majestic One sitting on it gleamed brighter than any gem Earth has ever held. Around the throne, a rainbow circled. Not the narrow, faded type that's seen after rain but a pure emerald green that glowed as brightly as the Majestic One, fully encompassing all who were in the room. The promises it whispered gave me the courage to step a little nearer the throne.
A sea, clear as crystal, shimmered between the place I stood and the throne.
"Go ahead, you can stand on it."
Startled, yet not afraid (Love so strongly permeated this place that nothing could have incited panic.), I turned to see a powerful being.
This must be an angel.
A sword hung from his waist on the left and he carried a shield in his right hand. On his back were three sets of wings. His eyes gave the impression of much knowledge and wisdom.
Following his instructions, I stepped forward onto the sea. As I did so, I realized thousands of angels were also standing on it. Their eyes were continually fixed on the Majestic One, but at the same time, they looked down towards the sea. I followed their downward gaze and discovered I could see myriad scenes. The sea appeared to be a window through which we could view all the happenings of Earth.
To the Majestic One's right stood a mighty man with pierced hands. He looked from the Majestic One to the sea and back again. He pointed first to one part of it, then another. Every time his hand moved, the focus of the angels followed to the area he indicated.
The command from the throne shot out like lightning, reverberating through the room as the thunder shakes Earth's hills during a storm.
A quarter of the angels dove through the sea of glass and filled a small house where a woman knelt in prayer. At each request she made, an angel left the house to carry out her petition until only a dozen remained standing around her.
With swords drawn, they fought a fierce battle against the evil one, protecting the woman as she peacefully lay down and slept.
"Why the battle?" I asked the angel beside me.
"She, by her prayers, has penetrated the strongholds of the enemy. He wishes to destroy her before she makes any further inroads into his realm.
"Now, look over there."
He pointed to a church where a man preached. As he spoke, I could see the effect of his message on his listeners. Beside him one of the angels who had filled the house of the woman used his sword to fight off one demon after another, as they attempted to thwart God's word and prevent it from reaching the listening congregation.
"She prayed for boldness for the man who is preaching and that the word of God would not return to him void.
He pointed out another angel who had departed from the woman's house, traveled halfway around the world, and entered a prison cell where evil forces held a Christian captive because of his faith.
On the brink of total exhaustion, he had decided to recant and beg for freedom.
"Even serving the enemy must be better than this prison." He muttered.
As he turned to call a guard and deny his Lord, the angel stepped in front of him, blocking the way until he again changed his mind. He spent the night on the floor beside the man, comforting him.
And so it went, all through the night, all around the world, as the woman slept, the legion of angels carried out her prayers and protected her from harm.
The next morning, she awoke with the sun's first rays and sat up in bed. Her shoulders slumped, she sighed, "I know I ought to pray, but I wish that -just once - I could see an answer to my prayers and know God really hears."
Shaking her head and squaring her shoulders as if she was freeing herself from her doubts, she fell to her knees and prayed again.
This is, of course, a figment of the author's imagination, loosely based on Revelation 4:3-6 KJV and Matthew 18:10 KJV, and should not be assumed accurate.
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