Friday, September 18, 2009
GUARDIAN ANGELS, PART 1 by William Webber*-Courtesy of Beliefnet.com
* Is my intuition the same as a guardian angel's warning?
* Was my guardian angel trying to get my attention during meditation?
I have always thought that feeling in your gut about making decisions was your guardian angel warning you. It is such an intense feeling; it is indescribable. I tell people about this, and they say it is intuition, premonition, but when I obey that feeling, I come out safe and protected. Can you confirm if I am right? Also, I was told we all have our own guardian angel. How do we know which one is ours?
That feeling in a person’s gut may be your guardian angel warning you, but be careful. It may not be. The response you have received from the people you have shared this with is an indication that not everyone has such an intense, indescribable gut feeling. Indeed, most people do not, but that does not mean they do not receive God’s guidance.
Our feelings, even gut feelings, must not be blindly followed, Like every other idea we have, they must be questioned. Here are the questions to ask:
1. Would God approve?
2. Is this in keeping with the teachings of the Bible?
3. Would this be good for all concerned?
Many would talk about being aware of “a still small voice,” or a heightened awareness of God’s direction. God may choose to give some guidance through an angel or the Holy Spirit by using an intense, indescribable gut feeling, but be aware that the feeling can also come from your own wishes or desires. It can be an expression of coveting. It may be a result of your childhood training. It may be a result of peer group conditioning. This can be good, bad or neutral.
I am only 14-years-old, and I have never given thought to an individual angel who protects me. Just the other day, I took a huge interest in guardian angels. I started researching them and I even considered that I may have one. When I read that meditation was a good way to communicate with them (I have meditated before, just to feel better), I tried that. At first I felt weird, but then an extremely overwhelming presence took over me. I knew it was terribly cold outside with the door open, but I felt warm, as if I had a blanket around my shoulders.I tried meditating again before I went to bed that night, and I asked from my heart, "Do I have a guardian angel?" Not only did I feel that overwhelming presence again, but I thought I heard what I could describe as the “purring of bells.” I was frightened, and I shrunk back into my covers and repeated three times that I was afraid of it; the noise went away, but the presence didn't leave.
In my research, I read that your guardian angel will try to contact you by attracting your interest, especially if you haven’t paid much attention to them. I also wondered if it was okay to name the angel because I knew that it was there for me, but I decided against it. I meditated many times to figure out its name. Apparently, speaking out loud helps, but when I spoke out loud, I heard only a whisper but I couldn't make out what it said.
I tried to be persistent because persistence often pays off. I asked what the guardian angel’s name was again, and I heard “Jonathan.” Is it really possible that my guardian angel was trying to get my attention? Or am I just blowing things out of proportion with nonsensical curiosity? If so, why would the guardian angel want my attention?- Tianni C.
You can relax, Tianni. Yes, the Bible teaches that you do have a guardian angel, but you are not expected to do anything scary to get their attention. Guardian angels almost always do their work unseen without attracting attention to themselves. In fact, most people, even the best Christians, never see their guardian angels. If your angel wanted to make contact with you, he would. Nowhere in the Bible are we told to meditate to make contact with the angels or to learn their names. God has that all worked out. What is our part? We are to be aware that God has provided the angels we need. We should thank God for providing them to protect, lead, and guide us, even when we do not see them. *William Webber is an American Baptist pastor and writer, coauthor of 'A Rustle of Angels.' He answers questions about angels from a biblical perspective. My Other Current Giveaways!