DayBreaks for 8/15/14 – Where Angels Visit
Luke 1:26-28 (NLT) In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
As children, and even later as adults, we are fascinated with angels. I’ve never seen one in person (as far as I know), but I believe in them. I’ve never seen Moscow, but I still believe it is there over the rim of the world where I can’t see it.
There are those who have seen angels. The reaction is always the same: fear. Not just a bit of fear, but blatant, earth-shaking, knee-knocking fear. Maybe the angels just can’t help it, I don’t know. I’d like to think that if an angel appeared to a little child that it would be in the form of a soft, fuzzy being that clearly could do no harm.
There was once a time when the angel Gabriel appeared to a young teen-aged virgin in a tiny, dusty and dry village named Nazareth. At the time, the village had maybe 200 or 300 persons living them. I’d be willing to bet not one of them had seen an angel before. But one day, an angel – and not just any angel but the archangel Gabriel – came calling. I recently stood i the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth (see today’s photo) and saw the spot where it is reputed that Mary lived and had her visitation by Gabriel. While I didn’t hear the rustle of angel wings, I did sense that something special had happened in that vicinity nearly 2000 years ago – and that there were perhaps even “angels in the architecture” at that very moment.
It is strange, but whenever angels show up, lives are changed forever. Such would be the case for Mary. But why come to such a dingy little town? Because God was invading time and space and He needed a womb to inhabit so He could become like us. Clearly, Mary had found favor with God. She would need His blessing.
Angels can visit anyone, anytime, anywhere. Sometimes I think they wear human flesh – we refer to someone as being an “angel” when they have done something for us when we were deeply in need. Sometimes they appear as they really are (I think) and sometimes, as with Michael, they must be fearsome, indeed.
Have you tried to put yourself in Mary’s place? What would your reaction have been? Is your heart so yielded to the Spirit of God that you would say as she did, “Let it happen to me according to Your word” or would you resist or refuse?
You don’t have to have an angel appear to you to be faced with that decision. You have that decision every day – over and over again. I often resist being yielded to His Spirit. It’s something I need to work on. Perhaps some day I’ll be able to say as did Mary, “Let it happen to me according to Your word.”
PRAYER: Thank You for those like Mary who show us simple, trusting faith, and who can inspire us to greater faith and obedience in our own lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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