Years ago I went through a major transition in life where the life I had built on my own was completely overturned and replaced piece by piece with the life that God had for me. During this time my spiritual eyes and ears were on 100% and it wasn’t unusual for me to encounter angels weekly. I shared with you the story of my Airport Angel and how I knew it was an angel by his eyes. The eyes are always how I know, it’s the first sign that I’m having a supernatural conversation and that I need to pay close attention to what is about to follow. There is one angel encounter that caused me shame and grief for years due to my own response. It wasn’t until recently that I was able to forgive myself and see the blessing in my moment of weakness and the lesson that this angel taught me. This is the story of the angel I rejected.
I was on my way to a commercial audition, probably for the role of “Party Girl”, when the light turned red. I was the first car in line at this red light and I remember rehearsing my lines while I waited. Out of the corner of my left eye I saw a large figure, so I turned. There was a man who was dull and grey, everything about him seemed muted. He had a shopping cart and a gold coin in the ear that was turned towards me (he was still in profile). He put out his hand as if to request some change from me and I remember in that moment my exact thought was, “I only have a few pennies in my coin compartment, that’s nothing.” So I shook my head no and mouthed that I had nothing. He then turned and pointed to the cross that was hanging from my rear view mirror and looked at me with his fiery eyes. The light turned green and I realized what I had just done but I had to go. As I drove away I looked in my side mirror and he seemed to be floating through the lanes, no car came close to him until I lost sight of him.
This exchange bothered me for years for a number of reasons.
- I thought that a few pennies didn’t equate to money, but that’s not true.
- I was so concerned with my audition that I wasn’t present for a divine encounter.
- Though he never looked at me until the end, He knew to point to my cross. And really, the point of the cross and the deeper meaning he was conveying to me in that moment of what it represents.
- I interact with homeless people regularly, but this was the wrong time to not stop.
- He said so much without ever saying a word.
Aside from their eyes, I recognize angels by the way they appear and disappear.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. – Hebrews 13:2
This was an encounter that served as a reminder to not be so focused with what’s urgent that I neglect what’s truly important. Can you think of an experience that taught you the same lesson, natural or supernatural?