What Just Happened?

6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.

8 Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. Acts 12:5-10

Luke paints a very vivid picture-story of what transpired. We can see it happening in our mind’s eye. Of course we don’t know what angels look like, but we see the chains falling off and Peter walking past the guards. Then, when he least expected it, the angels disappeared. What a fun story. And it didn’t end there. He’s out on the street, left to fend for himself.

There have been times in my life where a series of events took place, and I look back and ask what just happened? How did I get to this point unscathed and with my mind still intact? There weren’t angels like in this story, but the end result was the same.

If you could tear back the physical world and see the spiritual world, we would be astonished at what goes on “behind the scenes.”

17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17

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