Do you recognize or remember this painting from your childhood? I so vividly remember this painting as a child. As a very, very young child it was comforting to me, and then as I grew older the thought of an unseen angel watching me began to frighten me, rather intensely. That continued even into adulthood for me.
You see, as a child I was convinced there was an angel that stayed in the hallway of our bedrooms, and I became afraid of this angel. I remember always thinking that I would look and see this angel. I did see her in my imagination. I would run as fast as I could through the hallway to get to my bedroom so I could hide under the covers because I would get so spooked.
I never “saw” the angel with my physical eyes, but I think I always imagined that the angel looked a lot like the one in this painting.
As I remembered this picture, I became curious to know the story behind the original painting.
I’ve been thinking a lot about angels lately. I think of the verse in Psalm 91, a passage of scripture that has become so near and dear to me, verses 11-12:
“For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.”
Isn’t it wild how fear can make us afraid of things like angels? To think of how twisted and distorted my mind was, that I was unable to take comfort in knowing His angels are sent to guard and protect me. Fear can do that.
I’m so thankful that God has transformed my mind so that I can be thankful and at peace as I should be. I remember when that seemed to be impossible. How fear twisted and warped my perspective… God can unravel that if we let Him.
His love has the power to unravel us and annihilate the fear so that we can begin to see the truth that will transform us. ❤️✨??
Thank You, Father, for making Psalm 91 so real to me, and for removing the fear, and transforming my mind so that I can experience the peace knowing that You’ve sent Your heavenly angels to guard and protect me. Thank You for unraveling me. ?