The Little Angel That Helped Me Cope
The perfect gift, prompted by God, guided me through a tough time.
They have ears, but they hear not… Psalm 135:17
Several years ago I went through a difficult period. My husband was retiring from the Navy after twenty-two years, and we were in a time of transition. The future seemed uncertain, and Larry and I both were experiencing anxiety.
At the same time, my aunt came from Indianapolis to visit my grandmother here in Richlands, North Carolina. With her she brought a gift for me from my cousin, whom I very seldom see or hear from. There was no way Cheryl could have known that I was going through a tough time, but when I opened the package I found a small angel with a wooden head and felt wings. Attached was a little poem that read:
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I’m a little coping angel,
come to help you cope.
When things are looking rather bleak,
And you are out of hope,
Then you will need a coping friend
To chase those clouds away,
to cheer you and be near you,
And to brighten up your day.
So through the trials yet to come,
and trials always do;
Remember I’ll be by your side,
just looking out for you.
When I called to thank Cheryl for her kindness, I asked how she could have known I needed such a gift. She told me that God had prompted her to send it.
Now the little angel hangs above my work station as a daily reminder that I, too, can be a messenger of God’s love, but only if I’m willing to open my heart and let Him lead me.
Lord, help me tune my listening ear to You, that I might be of service to others.
Excerpted from Daily Guideposts.