There have been many times in my life that I have found myself in places that I never intended to go and never imagined ending up. Like waking up in the car after sleeping through the trip I found myself disoriented and unable to navigate, immobilized with fear and uncertainty because there were no maps that showed the roads that I had taken to get there. Sometimes It was because the Lord had led me into that place to show me an aspect of himself that I desperately needed to see . On some occasions it was the enemy who lured me there using my own fear and brokenness against me. Other times I ended up there by my own choices, despite God's leading. Many times in those painful and difficult places I have been too frightened or ashamed or discouraged to look up and see who was with me there. Often I was afraid that I would look and see that I was completely alone and that the Lord had abandoned me. Other times I was afraid that all I would see was the host of the enemy. But this is the truth. There has never been a time in one of those places, where when I was able to shake off the fear long enough, even just to look for a moment, that I have not seen the Father there close beside me, full of peace and full of joy. Often it was just me and him. Other times He was there in the company of my angels. It was never just me and the enemy. In the times when He had my angels with him, they made the enemy seem small and frail and vastly out-numbered. I have always, every time, made it out of those places, sometimes with scars and sometimes unscathed. Sometimes I have come out by letting the Father carry me. Sometimes we fought our way out side by side, although he always did most of the fighting. Many times when I could not, others have fought for me with Him, so that I could make it out. Other times all it took was for him to show me a hidden way I hadn't seen. Most times it was harder getting out than it had been getting in. But I always made it back. Every time I came away knowing him better, loving him more, seeing him more clearly. Today if you will take heart and look around you in the place where you are, I can assure you that you will see the Father there. You can bet your angels are very close by, probably right behind you. Even if the enemy does show up, your angels out-number him by multitudes, and he will cast no shadow upon you because in the presence of the Father he has none.
Isaiah 41:10 "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
“Believers, look up – take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.”
– Billy Graham