Psalm 27: 13-14
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Warning: You may think I am a total nut after reading this but that's okay!
I thought Jesus had come for me a few months ago. I was outside praying in my backyard and there was this strangely draped light. The light upon the fence looked to me like that of an old fashioned garment. Now, I don’t know just when my brain ran way ahead of the game but I was confident of one thing in that moment: I was being Enoch-ed out of this place. If you know me personally, you are familiar with that Enoch phrase. I am often asking the Lord to take me as He did Enoch - just one day the Old Testament man was gone! No accident. God was pleased and wanted Enoch home in heaven. (see Genesis 5:23-24 & Hebrews 11:5)
I was sure this was my time to be brought 'home'. Shocked, I walked over to the fence where it seemed Jesus was standing and my heart began to pick up a steady, racing pace. “Is this really what I think?” I thought, “Could it be Jesus is here for me?!?”
By the time I made it to the fence I was beginning to put the obvious pieces together: Today was not my day. It was just a ray of light, cascading down the side of the fence in a very heavenly manner. I was, shall we say, rather disappointed.
That point of the fence has become my new favorite spot when I am down and out. It is as if when I look upon it, my precious Jesus is saying to me, “Soon. I am coming for you soon.”
One thing about tragedy in this life is, ironically enough, it gives us a clearer view of just who Christ is. And when all else is falling down, when everything we have got is suddenly drying up somehow, something deep inside chimes forth, “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.”
I have felt dead more times than I care to recount. I have prayed for death even more times than I have prayed for the perfect piece of chocolate! Even in my darkest of days, even when I was sure the curtain had closed for the final time, there was a gnawing inside of me that urged, “There has got to be more than this.”
I testify today that there is. And now even in the arena of war, even when my strength is fading and it seems the enemy is gaining on me - even then I am still confident of this: I will see Christ Jesus and all of His goodness soon!
I don’t know among what soldiers you find yourself today. I am unsure of what battle you are currently fighting but this I know: if you “wait for the LORD; are strong, take heart and wait for the LORD,” you will see His goodness in the land of the living.
He will give you your star-lit fence to hold on to. And He will whisper, “Soon. Beloved, I come for you soon.”
He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon."
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Scripture from New International Version.
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