Sunday, May 29, 2011

Touch of Angel Wings

Years ago I read a book called, "The Touch of Angel Wings" written by Charlie Shedd. The book is about those gentle or sometimes not so gentle nudges from the LORD, like nudges to go and visit someone or turn down some unfamiliar street and step into an unfamiliar shop or strike up a conversation with someone you have never seen before.

Charlie Shedd made a deal with God. He would give himself permission to miss or even ignore a nudge twice but on the third nudge he would go... period. The book, "The Touch of Angel Wings" gives an account of some of the things that have happened when he followed God's nudges.

The idea made sense to me and I have tried to do the same. Talk about a faith builder! It's amazing to have someone answer the phone and say, "I bet you have no idea why you called me did you?" or to arrive at a home just in time to prevent an unconscious friend from choking to death. It is amazing what God would do in us if we will listen and follow.

It feels like we as Christians have lost the art of being led by the LORD. I think of Acts 8:26-27a "Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went." How exactly did the angel speak to Philip? It doesn't say that the angel appeared to Philip. He just spoke to him. The end result was an encounter and conversion with the Ethiopian Eunuch. The story sounds very similar to the stories described in Charlie Shedd's book or my own experience.

If we were in tune, listening, and choosing to be led by the spirit, like Philip... what would happen?

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