Excerpt from part 1: “I was ‘dead on arrival’ at the hospital.“
Otherwise, continue with part 2!
Safe Passage to Gates of Pearl
This series, Near to Heaven’s Backyard, includes a full account of my near-death experience and so much more . . . as I bear witness to God’s love and mercy.
Truly, God loves us! Though we might be driven to doubt Him in times of suffering, He understands and is faithful to not forsake us. You could be stranded on a remote uninhabited island but, know this: God would find and be there with you. Even if you knew nothing of Him, He would enlighten you . . . just as His Spirit has filled voids in my understanding of His love and grace; He was my great helper when no one else was there to guide me. Whether you would curse or cry out for Him in misery, trust that He would listen and patiently reveal to you His love; for I have come to know our Heavenly Father who would not abandon and forget His children.
I know that I am not the only one who has felt “out of place” since the day he was born, where doors – as the cliché says, “are closed for other doors to open” – do not seem to even exist; these wandering souls learn all too well the meaning of insecurity. Yet, if they would come to know my Savior who was born, who lived, and then who died out of place, they would then find the peace that I found in knowing that His path is the secure way to gates of pearl.
Lord, I thank You for the Holy Spirit who finds and provides safe passage for lost souls who come to rely on You and, in so doing, ushers them to the home that You made for Your children. And I shall rejoice, O God, on the day when You “wipe away every tear from [our] eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain.” (see Revelation 21:4 NASB) May Your Holy Spirit guide all who are seeking to discover the hope upon which they can faithfully stand, and may You rejoice with them upon the one refuge that is beyond the reach of insecurity.
God supernaturally treated me for my childhood ills with the one remedy that would heal and strengthen the heart to survive the natural world and that, surely, only He – the greatest physician of them all – would know to prescribe and could fill for all who, otherwise, would be hopeless. Without God, I could not have mustered the hope of which I wrote in my first book, The Hope in Personal Apocalypse (THIPA), where I shared backstories that are key to my understanding. I am ever so thankful to my Lord and Savior, for He intervened and has carried me to this day. Because of Him, it is well with my soul.
Something Special Awaits You
To be saved, one’s heart need not stop beating. “If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 KJV) “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (see James 4:7-10 NKJV)
I pray that you accept, from God’s realm of possibility, His gift of hope for the weary soul; for He has performed great miracles to fulfill “the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.” (see 1 John 2:25 NASB) And only God is able to transform life and death into life eternal.
“Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25 ESV) | “Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.” (John 4:36 ESV)
Let us ascend out of our personal apocalypses with our souls intact and readied for our faith to become sight. Though, for a while, we must endure in this condemned world, we may rejoice for, at hand, the realm of possibility to behold. Join me as I explore this place where, in my heart, God’s love now reigns and has opened my eyes to the blessings that, even when they might seem insignificant they, are nonetheless as miracles. You would be amazed by the wonders of such a land that could adjoin Heaven’s own backyard; although I am quite metaphorical in how I write, my meaning is that something special awaits you if, in your heart, you would seek it. Let us journey together.
Note that this introduction is to a series that expands on my first book, The Hope in Personal Apocalypse. Follow my blog to not miss any of it.
My purpose for this blog, my first book, and all else are purely for the means to further share the hope of my life that, in faith, has sustained me. My utmost desire is to do the good works that God would have us all do to lift one another up.