Recent terrorist events in the middle east and Europe and in the U.S. were aimed at families who were together in public places. This made me ponder what spiritual solutions we may have to stay safe and avoid falling into the trap of being terrorized. We don’t want to be naive or foolish but we also don’t want to let a few crazed zealots shape our public life.
The Bible says, “He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
Jesus took this passage literally, escaping danger a number of times by depending on such divine guidance. He knew that he had twelve legions of angels—a mighty army— available during the most difficult times. He was familiar with the prophet Elisha, who saw himself surrounded by an angel host with chariots and horses of fire. When a hostile army approached Elisha, he told his servant, “They that be with us are more than they that be with them.”
Do we have these same angel guardians? If so, how do we know? Mary Baker Eddy says these angels come as exalted thoughts, as insights from divine Love. They are spiritual intuitions that guide us away from dangerous material circumstances and towards gatherings of like-minded individuals.
We all have this intuitive sixth sense. It’s a spiritual sense that moves us toward whatever causes good. We can cultivate this intuition by actively listening for it. By pausing during our day, and before outings, to tune in to this spiritual sense, we can feel more secure. We can find ourselves where we need to be to stay safe.
I was walking in a large city while traveling, and stepped off the curb to cross a street. A car was approaching the intersection, slowing for the stop sign. I took a few steps and then clearly felt an intuition to go back to the sidewalk, which I did. Just then, another car rounded the curve at an excessive speed and slammed into the back of the car at the stop sign, pushing it through the cross walk and into the middle of the intersection. No one was hurt, but had I proceeded, I would have been right in front of the cars.
That’s a small example of every-day angel intuition which most readers have experienced. The important thing to know is that these kinds of angels are not here for some and not for others. They are universally present. But their quiet, small voice is only helpful if we listen for it and respond to it.
Try getting in the habit of putting your spiritual antennae up and tuning in to those pure intuitions as you go about your day. As Eddy writes, “Then will angels administer grace, do thy errands, and be thy dearest allies.”
We have so many decisions to make every day, especially as we are out doing errands and making a living. The ideas conferred on us by Spirit, as angels, can do everything for us, giving us all our daily supplies and keeping us safe.
It isn’t chance that makes an angel appear. They are always present and able to keep us safe and moving in the right direction. The more we get used to heeding and responding to them, the more they shape our day-to-day experience.
For the world’s families, I pray that these angel intuitions will become louder and stronger through active listening. Then everyone will prove that “they that be with us” are more than they that wish to harm. Angels are untapped resources that no terrorist can thwart or destroy. So let’s tap them more and more. As we learn to listen for them, they become true and unerring allies that can have charge over all our ways and keep us safe in all places.
Ps. 91:11, 12, My. 129:20-22