I kinda want a terebinth tree. All sorts of wonderful things happen under and around them in the Bible.
In Genesis 18:1-2
“Then the Lord appeared to Abraham by the terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him;”
In Judges 6:11
“the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor’!”
Of course, it takes more than a terebinth tree to get a visitation from the Lord or His angels. But it might help.
If you were hoping to re-enact the announcement of Jesus’ birth with action figures one day, well, you’re going to be happy. I found this set on Amazon.
shepherd and angel action figures with sheep
I can think of a lot of other scenes to re-enact as well. For instance, the angel Gabriel driving Adam and Eve out of Eden. Ken and Barbie would come in handy for that drama. Or maybe you want to show your Sunday school class how the angel appeared to Paul on his tempest-tossed prison ship and told him that Paul would live through the shipwreck. Or you could create an entire stop-motion movie of the Book of Revelations. Oh, the possibilities are endless.
Did you read the news story about the mysterious priest who appeared to pray at the scene of a car accident with the victim trapped inside her car? You can read the full story here. It seems like he could have been an angel who showed up at an opportune moment to help a Christian girl survive a car wreck on her way to church. It reminds me of this passage in
“For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you’.”
Tobias and the Angel, c. 1475, oil and tempera on panel, by Filippino Lippi
“For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways, In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.”
This is really good news because I totally hate stubbing my toe. I remember one time, when I was young, I tripped while running. I should have totally face-planted. Instead I landed very softly on the ground, face forward, stomach down. I swear my guardian angel was underneath me, absorbing that blow.