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Topic: The Kingdom of God (03/12/09)
- TITLE: In The Blink Of An Eye
By Dolores Stohler
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(Ezekiel 37:9 NKJ)
Echoes of the crash reverberated in his mind but he felt no pain, only a sound nearly deafening in its intensity. The sound was that of a mighty wind. Aaron, the surgeon, could hear it but he couldn’t feel its force upon his body, a body he was sure was crushed and bruised from the accident.
Although his mind was numb and barely functioning, still he wondered why someone didn’t come and pull him out of the wreckage. Was that really a wind he was hearing? Perhaps he’d suffered a head injury. The sound seemed to go on forever and Aaron had the odd sensation he was moving, although he couldn’t feel it. Some unseen force he couldn‘t comprehend, it was drawing him along as in a vortex.
It had happened so fast -- the accident. One moment he was blinking his left eye, trying to dislodge a speck of dirt that must have blown in when he was leaving the hospital, and the road ahead was dark so he didn’t see the car shoot out of a side street and cut him off before he had time to slam on the breaks. He blacked out immediately but now he was conscious of a nagging voice in the back of his mind saying over and over: what of Ann and the children? Perhaps I’m crippled for life; I can’t feel my legs at all. Dear God, let someone come and help me.
"Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you." (Isaiah 60:1 NKJ)
What was that ahead -- A LIGHT-- but so intense it dazzled. It grew stronger by the minute until he was engulfed in it. Struck dumb with awe, unable to move, he beheld a throng of people. They surged towards him calling out his name.
Suddenly, a feeling came over him that he had never experienced before -- an overwhelming sensation of being surrounded by love. His head exploded with unspeakable joy as he began to recognize faces: the mother and father he’d buried long ago, departed friends, and patients of his who’d died in the operating room. What joy to know they were still alive! But were they? This was no earthly spot he’d come to. He couldn’t see their bodies but their faces shone with light. One by one they approached him, breathing messages of welcome. Over and over he felt embraced by love. Then Aaron felt himself literally carried to the gates of an imposing city, surrounded by a wall of translucent pearl. He heard beautiful music from within. The very air was alive with it.
""He was afraid and said, 'How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; This is the gate of Heaven.'” (Genesis 28:17 NKJ)
The gates of pearl opened wide, revealing a city of pure gold, dazzling in its beauty. And the very air was alive with the words of the Hallelujah Chorus. But the music was so outstanding it was as though he’d never heard it before. There were other songs, too -- new songs, glad songs, wonderful songs. Bells rang and a trumpet resounded.
“Come,” said his father gently, “the King awaits you.”
“The king,” he breathed. “But, father, I must ask you. It’s been eight years since you died and you look so young. Mother, too. And what have you been doing all this time?”
Laughter rang out as his father replied, “Oh, son, there’s no aging in Heaven. Illness doesn’t strike us, worries don’t exist and our labor is without pain or fatigue. And time, what is time? We keep busy doing the work of the Lord and it’s all so very wonderful. Thrilling, really. You’ll love it here!”
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