Today I had the opportunity to talk to two young men about some things I have experienced in my life. They listened, too. It is a great joy to speak to someone about what you love, especially if they are interested enough to actually listen.
It began by us talking about the world today, and how different it is from when I was young. As a child, I never believed it possible that the day would come in which “good” would be called “evil” and vice versa. One of the young men said, “That is how it is today!” I said, “Yes, and if we don’t change our ways, I’m afraid our country will not last long. The important thing is to know where you are going to spend eternity when this life is over.”
Then I told the young men how I had a “near death experience” about 20 years ago. In the middle of the night, my heart began to race, and it woke me up. Then I felt it flatline. “Wow, I thought, my heart just quit, and it didn’t even hurt.” About that time, I began to go up, up, up in the night sky. I was traveling so far, so fast. Then I slowed and stopped, somewhere in what seemed like outer space. Immediately I called out to Jesus as I didn’t want to stop there, and He was right there with me. As I encouraged Him to take me on to Heaven, He said, “What about Tom (my husband)? To which I responded, “If he needs me, I guess I need to go back.”
Immediately I returned to my body. I couldn’t see so I opened my eyes, in amazement. I woke my husband to tell him what had happened.
Back to the two young men, they were looking at me intently. I told them that ever since that time, I have had a longing to go to Heaven and be with Him. No longer did I have any fear of death. You just move on to your eternal home.
I told them how all it takes to go to Heaven when you die, is to admit you are a sinner, and in need of forgiveness. Jesus is ready and willing to forgive. We just have to ask. He loves us so much. He doesn’t demand we be perfect, just forgiven, and He will change us from the inside out as we listen to Him.
One of the young men said, “If we don’t get it right in this life, maybe we will in the next.” I told him that the Bible says, “It is appointed unto men, once to die, and after this the judgment”. Hebrews 9:27.
We have one life in which to decide where we will spend eternity. That after all, is why we have life. God wants us to know Him. He already knows us. The Bible says in Psalm 139:3,“You scrutinize my paths and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
We have one life, one opportunity to search for Him. He is not far from any one of us, (Acts 17:27).
I hope the seeds I planted today take root. There is no greater joy than to tell someone about the love of God and his offer of forgiveness. In these trying times we are living in, we need to know Jesus. Eternity is a very long time, and nothing could be better than to spend it with Him.