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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)

TITLE: Rest For The Ages
By Sandra Eastridge


Was it a dream? I do not think so. The feeling of ultimate rest and peace I experienced as I stood in that place, suspended between earth and eternity was completely unknown to me. I could not have imagined it because I did not know it existed.

I came to this place while wrestling with God in prayer over something I did not want to do. He was insistent. I was cowardly. Finally, my will spent, I said, “Yes.” It happened in the twinkling of an eye. One millisecond I was in my bedroom and then I was in a place of total darkness as though I had been struck blind.

I was not afraid but bewildered. I looked around trying to understand where I was. That is when I saw the ribbon of light in the far off distance. That I was seeing the glow of Heaven struck my mind with such clarity I did not doubt it. Fixing my eyes on the light I anticipated moving closer to it thinking I was going to Heaven, but it was not to be. I was stuck in that blackness of time. Neither here nor there. I was terribly disappointed that God’s beautiful city was in sight and yet I was not allowed to go there.

I peered into the blackness but could not see anything. To what end was I brought here? What purpose was there in this nothingness? If I was not going to Heaven why was I in this place? As I tried to understand what was happening to me I became aware of the most delicious feeling of pure Rest. It permeated my body, my spirit, and my mind so completely that I did not want to leave that place -- ever. Never mind I was not going to move closer to Heaven. Never mind there was nothing to see, no one to talk to. None of that mattered. Rest it its purest form cradled me and I was absolutely content to stay where I was because I knew, even though I could not see Him, I was in the presence of the Most High God.

How long I was there I do not know. Abruptly, I came back to earth. I found myself in the hallway of my home, hurrying to my son who was crying because he had fallen out of bed. It was a rude awakening for both of us.

That was thirty years ago and the memory of it is as fresh in my mind as though it happened last night. Until that time I thought the rest we would experience in Heaven meant we would never have to toil and labor as we do on this earth. I now know that the Heavenly Rest we read about is a sensation so euphoric I wanted to remain in that place where there was nothing to experience except a feeling of euphoria in its purest form.

Since the beginning of man God has allowed us a glimpse of His glory. We see in part, we know in part and what we are allowed to see and know of Him are oft times so powerful we can barely contain it but one day we will experience Him in His fullness and we will know Eternal Rest.

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Virgil Youngblood 03/20/11
Wow! What an amazing experience. Thank you for sharing. Your clarity in writing makes this an interesting read.
Beth LaBuff 03/21/11
Your story is captivating. It does leave a lot of questions. [Someday we'll know!]
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/23/11
It sounds absolutely heavenly. You did a great job describing this indescribable experience.