Okay - I have debated all day whether to post this or not. Because I am ashamed to say that I want to be well thought of. I'm proud of my theological library and love it - and don't want people thinking I am becoming a charismaniac (although I am!). My elder sister commented rather ironically one of the last times I saw her that she thinks I am becoming a "God TV-fanatic". I still do believe in the principle of Word and Spirit - of reformed doctrine and charismatic experience! I still love theologians and academics - but I am not going to govern my life anymore about being well thought of. This event happened to me and it was witnessed by two non-Christians and I want to share it! These events are called "Signs and Wonders" for a reason. They are a sign because they point to the Living One who rules over all and sends angels and they are a "wonder" because they make us think ... so I will share it!
I was working a night shift at the hospice last night and about 02:00 in the morning we went in to check one of the children and turn them so they didn't get sore. As we did so, this feather fluttered down through the air and fell on the child. It didn't come from the ceiling. It just .... fluttered down. We all looked at it rather puzzled and picked it up. The hospice doesn't have goose feather duvets on the beds so it couldn't have come from there. We just couldn't figure out where it came from.
Each of us in turn picked it up and as each of us did (and bear in mind my other two collegues were both non-Christians) we all got goose-bumps and a cold shiver swept over us. My collegues decided that it was related to a child who died yesterday in the hospice and that she was "still around". I on the other hand was carrying it around and looking at it and getting continual shivers and decided I think it MUST be a sign of angelic presence in the hospice! This didn't happen in a church meeting or in a conference with a signs and wonders speaker. This happened in my place of work and during a night shift!
There could be some "rational" reason I am sure that some could think up. But you know what? I am so thrilled, touched and excited. Heaven is breaking through into the earth realm. I have always believed that there has been a strong angelic presence in the hospice. The children are the most vulnerable and special children you could hope to meet and I really fervently believe that the love of God is being poured out upon those dear children. I believe He has sent angels to guard and to protect those children. It's quite a sobering thought - to ensure I do the best job I can do as a children's nurse! Angels are walking with me. Angels are watching me and the children they are charges over. If I don't treat them with the utmost care that they as children deserve then I've got angels to answer to!
Hebrews 1:14: "Angels ... Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?".