When I am Afraid….

Angel PinsRight before I started Kindergarten I was VERY nervous as most young children are. So, in an effort to calm me down and encourage me my Mom did something very special that has stuck with me to this day…

She reached into my jewelry box and pulled out two small angel lapel pins. She pinned them onto my shirt and told me that one pin represented her and another represented my grandmother. She wanted me to remember that they both loved me and supported me. That although they couldn’t be with me in person they were still with me in spirit.

Eventually over time I forgot about the angels. I didn’t wear them for years and they stayed in the jewelry box. Except when I faced something uncertain and scary. I’d pull them out and carry them with me. When I taught my first Bible class by myself I pinned them on the bag I carried. I wore them on my jacket each time I took the ACT.

Before I graduated high school I remember lying in bed one night thinking and praying. I had two angels but I wanted a third to represent the Trinity. The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. So, I prayed and asked God to give me a third angel to place with the other two.
The day I graduated high school I received a package. It contained a sweet note from a very dear family member and an angel necklace. I received my third angel and an answer to prayer. So, when I graduated high school I wore the angel necklace and my angel pins were just beneath the podium. Ever since I have kept the angels on an old handkerchief in my purse. That way they are with my wherever I go.

I was watching a Television show the other night about a man and his grandfather. The man was applying for a higher position at work and needed to do something a little scary. His grandfather handed him a piece that was a “family heirloom” that belonged to his great-grandfather. The man carried it with him and he did just fine. Afterwards he asked his grandfather if he could use it again someday and the grandfather told him that he didn’t need that “heirloom”…he went on to tell his grandson that the “heirloom” was actually the brand-name magnet from his refrigerator! The grandfather in his wisdom told his grandson that he didn’t need any “heirloom” to do big scary things because he had all he needed right inside of him!

This got me thinking. As much as I love my angels (and have no intention of not carrying them) I don’t “need” them to do big and scary things because I have Jesus with me. He lives inside of me (1 Corinthians 3:16). He is with me in everything and goes before me telling me not to fear. He’s never going to leave me alone in this life or the next (Joshua 1:9). I can remember that I have “not [been] given a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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