Each of us has times in our lives when we feel lost or discouraged. I believe that all of us have a guardian angel. The question is… are we listening? If we have the courage to cross the bridge of faith and follow our guardian, we will find ourselves being led down what I call the path of peace.
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There have been many times in my life when I have come to a crossroads and I had to make a choice. The decision would possibly change the course of my whole life. In my youth I made a choice to become an artist. Even though I felt opposition from many people on the grounds of whether I could support a family, I knew this was the right avenue for me…I just felt it.
When I met my wife there was something about her, like a breath of fresh air. She was so easy to love. All I wanted to do was take care of her and adore her for the rest of my life. I knew we would get married…I just felt it.
A short time after I was married I was on a trip to Arizona to visit my grandparents. As I sat by myself in a room reading I was suddenly startled by the unseen presence of someone who began to rebuke me for not living my life as I should. I had not been praying or thinking of others and frankly, taking a path that would lead me away from a peaceful life. I knew I needed to make God first…I just felt it.
After I graduated from college I was finding myself looking for employment. I wanted to make my living as an artist, but I didn’t know how. When I prayed for guidance the Lord told me to be patient. I remember saying, “Lord, I don’t know why I was born with this desire to paint, but if thou wilt, some day let me use my gift to serve thee.” I knew my prayer would be answered…I just felt it.
For many years I had to do other work to support my family. Times were hard. Life is full of lessons to help us grow. My beautiful wife gave me eight children. Some have had disabilities. But in great challenges have come great blessings. I felt I was led down a path of peace. I knew God was always there…I just felt it.
When the time was right the Lord gave me the direction to do my art full time. As I began to paint scenes from Christ’s life I felt inadequate. I felt the Adversary trying to discourage me. But the Lord has brought people into my life to help me do this work. I know God loves all of His children and desires to bless us and help us find the “Path of Peace.” As you look back on your life you may have felt the guiding hand of a guardian angel as the Lord has manifested Himself in your times of indecision. Don’t expect a lightning bolt or glorious manifestation. Like a whisper…you just feel it.