I looked up from the book I was reading to see my 7-year-old granddaughter with a large box of crayons spread out on the floor above a coloring book.
“Is it a boy angel or a girl angel?” I asked. “A boy,” she responded. “Then use a light blue crayon,” I concluded and went back to my book.
However, since then I’ve been thinking about how a simple question by a yet unpolluted child can’t always be answered so simply. How many colors do angels have? How many kinds of angels can you name?
My thoughts returned to my own experience. I’d been visited for some time by a unique, specialized angel. “Mark Angeli!” he called himself. Mark seemed to appear in my life as I was facing a problem or needed to move to the next level in my business. Service businesses like mine, Vibrant Carpet Cleaners, can be one-man shows or can expand by adding more vans and technicians. Every change brings its challenges. To this day, I don’t know why but whenever I got in a pickle, my angelic messenger would show up and give me timely instruction. Mark always wore a clean sharp blue business suit. If I were coloring him, it would be dark blue.
The kinds of angels that appear in a cloud and speak with a voice of thunder get colored bright white.
Since we rarely see a guardian angel, I guess they shall remain colorless. Think of the things they do for us. Invisible hands extracted a man from a mashed car that rolled off the highway. Drowning people tell us that someone pulled them from the lake, saw to their comfort and then disappeared. A little girl playing, in the front yard, pedals her tricycle into the driveway and is picked up tricycle and all — out of the path of dad’s backing car. Sometimes a guardian angel will simply whisper in your ear about what you should say or do in difficult or challenging situations.
Then there are angels in disguise and/or are actually human. Their colors are warm because they bring comfort and protect.
Red is reserved for the angels that should be lost and forgotten. These are the Devil’s angels. They promote evil in actions and in word. If “conflict” is their middle name, then destruction is their last name. They inspire men to do evil and find glory in the results. “And our spirits must have become like unto him, and we become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself; yea, to that being who beguiled our first parents, who transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness.” 2 Nephi 9:9
One color we won’t find in any crayon box is action. When an angel shows up some kind of action needs to follow. An angel told one man to move his trailer in the night. His wife and kids were sleeping in it. He moved it. In the morning, he saw that a huge tree had fallen right on the spot from where the trailer had once been. An angel saved my own brother. My brother Mikie, used to take naps, while the rest of us played in the park in Ojai, CA, in the back of a Volkswagon station wagon. We always parked in the same spot. Upon responding to a “prompting” mother removed him from the car. A short time later, we heard a large, crashing sound. When we went to see what caused it, we discovered that our car flattened its entire length to wheel height by an ancient oak tree. Mom moved Mikie to preserve his life. Today he’s a registered nurse. Wouldn’t you guess? he’s an angel of sorts, himself.
“Yea, and I know that good and evil have come before all men; he that knoweth not good from evil is blameless; but he that knoweth good and evil, to him it is given according to his desires, whether he desireth good or evil, life or death, joy or remorse of conscience. Now, seeing that I know these things, why should I desire more than to perform the work to which I have been called? Why should I desire that I were an angel that I could speak unto all the ends of the earth? For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true.” Alma 29:5-8
Angels are all around us. The eye of the soul can be open to see spiritual things, as virtues and angels. Our only requirement is to believe and we can see them; they often exist as mortal living breathing people, or as those who have had mortal experience and passed on, or as heavenly beings who have not yet tasted mortality. There is no requirement to have angelic ministrations. We need not fear them. A chat with an angel is a good thing!