A new year had just begun, and it seemed like my prayers for a new beginning were evaporating into thin air. In January 1996, blanketed in physical and emotional exhaustion, I was contemplating the discouraging news of being unexpectedly and unjustly terminated from my place of gainful employment. I had made a commitment to the LORD six months previously to "Worship HIM no matter what" and was clear that this was one of those "no matter what" situations. As I was pondering how I was going to survive financially intermingled with intentional worship, an angel came to visit me. Immediately, my mind recalled the angel God sent to me before, and I knew this was not Michael, from sixteen years earlier.
This time God allowed me to watch this angel leave the heavenly realm of light like a golden bullet traveling at light speed and swiftly enter the sleeping atmosphere of my small apartment bedroom. Immediately divine, holy rays of pure, glorious hope dispelled the heavy, gray atmosphere of discouragement. A soft muted glittery light glowed from the space she filled (Luke 2:8-9). Glancing up from my reclining position, I inquired, “Who are you?”
Answering in a soft, musical sound, she replied, “I am the angel of Hope. I am here to renew your hope.” It was similar to the resonating sound of pan flutes. She stayed with me for a while imparting hope in her angelic way. A sweet angelic healing mist filled the room, which I gratefully received.
After she left, I questioned, as is my nature, “Angels bring hope?” Looking for an immediate answer, I turned on the lamp next to my bed, and opened my Bible. The Holy Spirit directed me to read Colossians 1:27, “To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Then I read Galatians 5:22-23, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” I noticed that hope is not listed as a fruit of the Spirit. Then the Holy Spirit directed me to read Romans 5:1-5, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our LORD Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance proven character, and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
It had never occurred to me that angels would or could minister hope in such a personal way. Experientially, I had not fully understood that hope is a result of walking with Jesus (Luke 22:43). This delightful package of divine and holy hope was an unexpected, unprecedented surprise beyond my ability to even ask (Jeremiah. 29:11-15). Gratefully a new gainful employment positioned opened up six months later...all in God's timing.
Often, I am challenged in the attempt to communicate effectively the language of the Spirit realm in earthly terms. Although, I realize angels do not have gender, it is the only way I know to describe the difference between her and Michael. Michael had obviously been given a very different assignment than this angel. The Glory of God’s Presence is infinite and difficult at best to describe in finite earthly terms. The only earthly comparison is that this particular angelic presence was similar to the atmosphere of a healing conference. There was a Sacred, Holy, Righteous, Divine Presence in the place, the Presence of an Almighty God bringing healing to HIS Own. It seems possible, since angels reside in the Presence of God that they would bring a portion of HIS Divine Presence with them wherever they are sent, whether we are consciously aware of it or not.