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Topic: DREAM (01/02/20)
TITLE: A Sure Sign
By Chiazo Obiudu
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Not until very recently. My mum passed away a few months ago, rather suddenly. And as she lived in another state, I didn’t get to see her for a few weeks before she passed on. Ever since then, I had seen her a few times in my dreams. Though she looked alive and well, even younger than she did before her passing, I craved to see more of her. I know it sounds strange, but we all have peculiar ways of trying to deal with loss. I have lost some loved ones in the past, but death had never called so close to home before.
My head told me that since my mum was a believer in Christ, then she must be resting in heaven with Him. But my heart still needed further assurance that she was at peace. I longed for a sign, a dream, just anything to give me that much-needed comfort to deal with her passing.
Then my seven year old nephew (my elder brother’s son) had a dream where he saw my mum and his maternal great grand ma, who had passed on earlier in the past year. He said he saw them both in heaven with Jesus. I found that very heart warming. We all did. But somehow, I still found myself wishing that I had had that sort of dream myself. I kept hoping to see in her in my night visions, floating joyfully in heavenly places with the angels. In a child-like manner, I kept staring up at the clear blue skies hoping to catch a glimpse of anything that would tell me that she was up there, safe in the loving arms of God. I just wanted an assurance that she as alright.
But of late, I have started getting a great deal of comfort from a totally different source. It hasn’t been in the form of grand visions or any extraordinary signs from the heavens. Rather, it has been from bits and pieces of writings she left behind. They appear to be messages from beyond. The one that touched me the most would be my latest find in one of her church handbags just a few days ago. There she wrote these words: “Heaven is a place of rest”. This message, which I found so profound, was written on a torn piece of paper. And she cited the texts in Matthew chapter five verse eight, where it says that blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. On that same page, she noted Revelations chapter seven, and I believe she was referring to verses fifteen through seventeen.
It’s not that I didn’t know these passages of the bible before now, but reading them in her writing made all the difference to me. I believe that God led me to see her words to finally show me for a fact that she was alright, resting safely in His arms. And now, I know I don’t need any dreams to give me peace that she is at rest. Her very own words are in agreement with the word of God, giving me all the assurance I need that she is indeed resting peacefully in heaven.
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