I know my children see and interact with angels. I know and believe the Bible when it talks about the angelic and even how we each have angels assigned to us, including some for specific tasks, some for seasons etc.
But despite this I was taken aback when our 6 year-old daughter came last week and asked me what the name of my guardian angel was!
Of course, it was a perfectly reasonable question. Her angel has a name, her brother’s angel has a name, the Bible gives names to the angels.
It was not an outrageous question. But it stopped me in my tracks.
Naturally I knew I too had a guardian angel, but it suddenly hit me that in the last 43 years I had never thought to discover her name!
Now, names are very important to me. Names carry meaning and destiny, as well as giving identity and purpose. When I lived in England I volunteered at an outdoor activity centre at the weekends and I would ask each person in every group to tell me their name before we started so that I could use their name when I was speaking with them. I believe it is important to make an effort to remember names and it makes people feel more valued and important. So, it would stand to reason that I’d have known the name of my angel. But I didn’t!
And, I also knew I had some repenting to do.
I have to admit that I have not been in the habit of interacting with the angelic much. Although I know that they work on our behalf for example, I have not actually acknowledged, in appreciation, the role they play in my life.
When I found a quiet time with God later that evening I humbled myself before Him and His angels. I also enquired for the name of my angel. I was interested in the response because I then realised I had had more to do with her (my angel appears to me in female form) than I had thought. In particular she had appeared in many of my dreams. Her name was also significant because it shed some light on who I am and some of what she helps me do.
And so, in the hope that this will draw you too into a deeper relationship with God and His angels I ask you the same question that set me on this track, “What is the name of your guardian angel?”