By Mark Ellis
She was bathed in prayer from the time she was in the womb. Her parents and both sets of grandparents are strong Christians. Still, when she began to point at angels and talk about them to her parents, they weren’t quite sure what to think.
It started about a year ago, when she first began to talk. “Every morning when I would get her up she would point up at the ceiling and say, ‘Look momma, there’s angels up there,’” says Caitlyn Sukut, her mother. “I thought, ‘How cute, how sweet.’” Emma seemed to be seeing things she could not see.
“Is she imaging something?” Caitlyn wondered. “It’s hard to know what a two and a half year old is talking about,” she admits. “I don’t know how much is in her imagination and how much she’s really seeing.”
After naps, Emma would talk about the angels. “What does the angel look like?” Caitlyn asked. “She looks like auntie,” Emma replied, referring to Caitlyn’s 16-year-old sister, Hannah.
Several months ago they had their first airline flight with Emma. “Look at the angels, momma,” Emma said. “They are coming with us to help get us there and to protect us.”
“When Emma first started talking about this, I had not taught her about angels,” Caitlyn notes. “I never told her angels protect us.”
Several weeks ago, Caitlyn went into Emma’s room when she first awakened. “How did you sleep, Emma?”
“I slept great,” she said. “The angels and the man came,” Emma replied.
“Oh, what did they say?” mom asked.
“The man protects us and loves us,” Emma said. “The man’s coming, momma. The man’s coming soon.”
“Does the man look like Jesus? Caitlyn asked.
“No,” Emma replied.
Emma has seen paintings of Jesus at church, but Caitlyn isn’t sure if Emma would confuse the person she saw in her room with the various artistic representations of Jesus. “We don’t refer to people as ‘The man’ in our house,” Caitlyn noted, so her choice of words seemed curious.
Once when mom and daughter walked into church, Emma cried out, “Look at all the angels singing to Jesus!”
“Where?” Caitlyn asked. Emma pointed up at the choir, dressed in long flowing robes.
For a while, Emma seemed to be obsessed with angels and wanted to talk about them all the time. But as she gets closer to three-years-old, she is mentioning them less.
Caitlyn’s grandmother, Lisa Hartman, has spent lots of time with Emma. “I asked her if there was an angel by me,” Lisa says. Without hesitation, Emma got very serious and looked around her grandma. Then Emma walked behind her. She pointed and said, “Yes. Don’t you see it?”
Lisa, who sometimes gets nervous on airplanes, was consoled by Emma before one of her flights. “There’s angels on the airplane,” she told her grandmother.
“It was so comforting to me,” Lisa notes. “It was a fact to Emma. No one asked her if there were angels on the plane. She just offered it.”
Lisa also noted that Emma sees angels around places that might be dangerous to small children, such as stairways, escalators, and even playgrounds.
“It’s not surprising that little ones without the theology or teaching are able to see things,” says Ron Sukut, Emma’s grandfather. Sukut is
the lead pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in San Clemente, California. “When God really starts to move in, angels start to show up,” he notes. “The only way to get our attention may be for God to reveal Himself to a child who can’t fabricate these things.”
When Pastor Ron considers Emma’s special sensitivity to the spiritual realm, he thinks about Matthew 18:10, “… their angels in heaven continually behold the face of My Father who is in heaven.”