THE ANGEL WITH A BROKEN WING
An angel was flying from one assignment to another on the earth, and
by accident, she crashed into a tree. This was a shock. According to
angelic principles, in our plane of reality, angels can go through solid
objects. Because of the crash, the angel's wing was crushed and broken.
She could no longer fly. So, as is the custom in the angelic realms, she
sent a call out to her commander. The commander responded and the angel
told the commander to ask God for a repair job, a healing, or whatever
an angel calls for when they need to be fixed.
Several hours went by and God did not answer the request to be healed
or fixed. The angel was getting impatient because the wing was starting
to hurt. This was also a shock since the angel had never felt pain
except when she was human. Getting more impatient by the minute the
angel asked her commander to speak with God directly. Her commander
arranged for a meeting between the angel and God. When the angel spoke
to God directly, she asked God, "What is going on here? Angels are
made to fly and do their angel work. We are not supposed to feel pain.
We are not supposed to have accidents. What is going on here?" God
listened to her but God gave no reply. He remained silent. At the
silence from God the angel grew more impatient and more upset. She was
getting angry and depressed. Even though angry and depressed, the angel
waited patiently for God's reply but her patience finally ran out.
Speaking directly to God again, the angel pleaded with God. She said,
"We both know that you can do anything, so please fix my
wing!" The frustration of the angel soon turned to greater anger
because God was still silent. He was still not helping.
After a time, God finally spoke. God told the angel that indeed, it
is within His power to heal, but right now, He would not heal the
angel's broken wing. In exasperation, the angel asked "Why not? Why
did you let this happen? What is the meaning of all this?" God told
the angel that flying into the tree was not His will. God said He did
not want the angel to have a broken wing. However, since this terrible
event has taken place, this terrible event can now be used by the angel
to God's advantage. God told the angel there are many things that need
to be done on Earth. This accident is a way He can get these other
things done. God also said, "What you think is important to you, is
not important compared to what I need to get done through you. You will
The angel walked away still full of questions, doubts, anger, and
frustration. However, the angel's problems were not over. Suddenly the
angel realized she had become visible. It was bad enough to have a
broken wing but now people could see her.
Now being visible, some people found the angel sitting under the
tree. They could see the angel and the angel could see them. Not only
was the angel visible, but the people who found the angel could also
talk with her. The people offered to take the angel to a doctor but an
argument broke out among the people. They argued over whether they
should take the angel to a doctor or a veterinarian. The people who were
pushing for a vet won out since vets know more about wings than doctors
who treat humans.
At first, the vet was in a state of shock at seeing an angel in real
life. He quickly recovered and the vet took x-rays. After reading the
X-rays, the vet gave grim news. The news was the break in the wing joint
could not be fixed. The break was permanent. The angel would never fly
again. Both the angel and the people were devastated.
However, the people overcome their grief and mobilized committees,
fund drives, campaigns, and community events on the angel's behalf.
There was a huge outpouring of love for the angel with the broken wing.
As time passed, the angel began to understand why God had not fixed the
God had not fixed the angel's broken wing because of "the love
thing". God did not heal the broken wing so love would spring forth
among the people who came in contact with the angel. The angel also
began to see God did not want an angel with a broken wing. However,
since God had this opportunity, both God and the angel were to take what
they were given and make great things happen from the accident or
adversity. Even terrible events can bring out the best in people. This
truth about terrible events bringing out the best in people was one of
those abrasive, grating, gritty truths of life.
The result of this terrible event for the angel was that love came
out of people who had not expressed love before. Generosity abounded in
the selfish. Meaning and purpose were infused into people's lives for
the first time ever. People who took so much for granted in their life
became grateful and thankful. The angel walked the earth for many years
telling angel stories until the day of her transformation.
On the day of her transformation, the angel instantly disappeared
from the sight of people around her. Suddenly, in the beautiful gardens
of heaven, she appeared before God and was whole, restored, and healed.
God asked the angel if she understood. The angel said, "Yes, it is
the love thing. We are supposed to try to bring love from darkness, love
from adversity, love from hate, and love from situations that seem
hopeless." And God smiled.
This story appeared as the June, 2004, Virtual Church message in
Shepherd's Care Ministries virtual church site at http://www.findthepower.com