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Topic: Like Living in a Goldfish Bowl (11/07/13)
TITLE: Offering Love and Light-(fiction)
By Jeff Lockshin
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He had suffered this gruesome scene a hundred times before, at Pelium, Austerlitz and Carthage; dodging enemy fire with the hope of escape to safety while trampling over the dead and the dying. Certainly, the horror of war was defined at this farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But to him it was a familiar setting, for he was an eyewitness to these identical sights, sounds and putrid smells of battle for over four thousand years.
The few who made it back to the rebel line would fight no more that day, even though General Robert E. Lee himself ordered them to, and then pleaded with them to regroup and attack. But it was he who ordered the confederate charge that resulted in the slaughter of six thousand men. “It’s my fault, it’s my fault,” he cried loudly to any who would have the verve to hear. “Pick up a weapon and fight, C’mon boys.” No response from the tattered soldiers was offered. Lee’s words faded into the dust. As he examined the beaten battle torn visages that slumped into the shadows behind him, a dark revelation grabbed his thoughts…the day, the battle, and the war was over.
His four times great grandfather was Adam. And his grandson was Noah. Never tasting death, he was transmuted to heaven because he walked with the Lord on earth. Enoch was a man of faith and a preacher of righteousness. He trusted God and that trust manifested for him a godly life on earth. When Enoch arrived in Heaven, before he could take in the fullness of its glory, he was summoned to meet The Lamb. Robed in pure white majesty, The Lamb of GOD stood across from him in dazzling brilliance. “Peace be unto you. My Father has chosen you to do his will on earth. Your days will be those of offering love and light to men until their days are no more.”
He understood his calling. He would, perform God’s bidding on earth via assignment similar to the work of the heavenly angels. Although he was still a mortal man, he was endowed with the tools to do his work; full access to The Word and the throne of The Lamb along with the privilege to see beyond the veil and walk in heavenly places. He felt honored in his postion, though with minor regret he realized that the assumed privacy he coveted during his former years on earth were over. Now his life would be on display in Heaven, as if he were living in a fish bowl, as outlined in Hebrews 12…“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses …” Later he learned that God views everyone’s life from outside the fish bowl they inhabit, but most remain unaware of this truth, or they attempt to ignore it.
Nightfall provided welcome relief from the bloody tumult of the day. Enoch stood pensively in the shadows, leaning against a large red oak tree near the rebel encampment. The time had come to complete this assignment.
Robert E. Lee sat frozen, despondent in a field tent behind a makeshift desk. He had just returned from a meeting with his staff officers organizing the Confederate Army’s retreat the next day. Spinning the details of the day around in his mind, he realized that this was the worst day of his life. All was lost, there was no use going on. Dropping to his knees he prayed, “Dear Lord I know what I plan to do is unthinkable, but yet I fear I cannot face yet another day.”
From outside the tent, Enoch heard the prayer and burst in. Lee looked up at his sudden guest. With pistol in hand he turned, aiming it towards Enoch then swiftly changed direction pushing the barrel against his own chest. The Light of Heaven arrived as Enoch spoke aloud the words God had given him. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” After the pistol fell to the ground unfired, Enoch withdrew from the premises and went about his way to his next assignment.
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