An Experience I Ponder

mist-2089580__480Sometimes my view of this world is a little bleak.  I look at what is happening around me and it can be difficult to make sense of it all.  And I don’t like seeing God’s creation suffer.  So my thoughts turn to what heaven will be like, and it chokes me up a bit.  Because I know that not only will it mean time in God’s presence, but “there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4).  There are many near-death accounts where people speak of having visited heaven.  I don’t know that I have experienced exactly that, but many years ago something happened to me that made me wonder if I had been given a glimpse of heaven.  I fainted in a college class.  When I woke up, my professor told me that I had hit my head and that my heart had stopped beating.  While unconscious I remember opening my eyes and seeing a man in a sash reaching his hand down toward me.  I grabbed it and we began to walk up a winding path.  I do not remember any words being spoken, but I do remember a feeling of being “filled up.”  I felt joyful and complete, as if I was lacking nothing.  I also remember thinking about the people I knew who were back here, and although I loved them, I knew things would be ok.  I did not feel a longing to go back.  The next thing I remember is opening my eyes and seeing the worried look on my professor’s face.  At the time, I was disappointed that I was back.  I cannot say for sure what I experienced that day, but I wonder sometimes if I was given a preview into what heaven might be like.  I am so grateful for the life that I have and that God has given me the opportunity to learn more about Him as time has passed.  At the time of the incident, I believed that God existed, but I didn’t give much more thought to it than that.  Whether or not that experience was a peek into what heaven is like, there is something in my heart now that can’t help but think that the “filled up” feeling I felt during those moments was an indication of what it will be like to be in God’s presence; there will be a sense of lacking nothing.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” – Psalm 23:1

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s