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Topic: DREAM (01/02/20)
TITLE: A Glimpse of Heaven
By Laurie Staples
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There are astonishing commonalities in each of their stories. As I’ve read them, I’ve come to believe I had my own near death experience when I was just seven years old.
I always thought it was just a wonderful dream. I remember asking my mom on several occasions, “Don’t you think it’s odd that I can still remember that dream from when I was a little girl?” I told her I thought heaven would be something like my dream.
It was the winter of 1969, we’d just gotten our first a big snowfall and my little brother Craig (who was only five at the time) and I couldn't wait to get out and play in it. After my mom bundled us up in snowsuits, mittens, scarves and hats, she sent us out to brave the elements.
We trekked our way over to a small ice-covered pond and I ran and slid across it. I broke through the ice and was completely submerged.
When I bobbed up, I screamed for Craig to help me. He did his best to pull me out—me screaming to pull harder and him crying so hard the snot and tears began freezing across his face.
“I’m trying, I can’t pull any harder,” he wailed. “I can’t do it. We need Dad.”
As he took off running for home, I begged him not to leave me. My wet mittened hands clutched the edge of the ice. I knew it would only be a matter of minutes before I wouldn’t be able to hold on any longer.
Craig barged into the house so out of breath and sobbing so hysterically that my parents had a hard time making out what he was saying. “Laurie is drowning! I couldn’t save her.”
My dad ran out in his bare feet and found me curled up beside the hole I had fallen through.
Nothing but a guardian angel could have lifted me out of that pond—weighed down as I was with my sopping wet snow clothing.
Ever since my mom was taken Home, I’ve often expressed a desire to get just a glimpse of her in heaven…it’s actually what prompted my best friend to buy me this particular devotional.
In my clearly remembered childhood dream, our family was on a spectacular vacation. We ran up vibrant green hills and marveled at all the brightly colored flowers. We couldn’t stop laughing with delight. How did we even find this place??
But what I remember most of all was the love we felt for each other, it was indescribable. I couldn’t imagine any of us ever getting aggravated with each other about anything (so NOT the normal on our family vacations, when just breathing on each other could cause angst).
I miss my mom more than ever, and the holiday season has been particularly difficult, so my new conviction that I experienced my own near death experience could not have come at a better time.
The remembrance of the brightness, beauty, love, and laughter has filled me with expectant joy. I truly believe my “dream” was the little glimpse of heaven I’ve been longing for since my mom was ushered into the presence of the Lord. The dream furthered my assurance that “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17) Heaven is not just a dream, it is a reality for all of us who have accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Hallelujah!
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