For whatever reason, the Lord has laid this on my heart, I don’t know exactly why. I do know however, that it’s meant to help me reflect on my life, in order that I may stay my course or redirect it, and to share this with you, so that you may glean something from it.
I have never had a near death experience, but I do know an aunt, on my dad’s side of the family that had one when her children were very young. I’ve also read of people who experienced being out of their physical body and seeing themselves being medically treated at the hospital or seeing a light at the end of a tunnel, when they were pronounced dead, but then suddenly revived, to the medical teams’ amazement!
In the true story of the recently published book and later popular movie, Heaven is For Real, the little boy, Colton, experiences such an event in his life, as is described by his father.
When my aunt first told me of her near death experience, she described it first as seeing a light at the end of a tunnel. This type of experience is also described in a very similar way in other people’s experiences. However they describe it, I don’t think it really matters because they all come out of it better for it.
My mom had a similar experience when she had her thyroid removed and felt like she was in very critical condition; close to dying. She recalled seeing little, bright and light filled angels flying around her head, chest and neck, in her hospital bed, as if they were taking care of her; that’s what she told me. I have never asked my mom or my aunt how they felt after, but I can imagine what they might have thought, based on their life choices, as I’ve seen them live their lives over the years.
The point I want to make about having a near death experience is that the people that this happens to not only get a new lease on life, but they also get a new perspective. The whole experience brings them to a place a reflection.
It shouldn’t take a near death experience for us, as individuals, to take time to reflect and reevaluate our lives.
When a very old man was asked to give his advice on life to the younger generation, he said that they should take more time to reflect or look back at their life; to see where they have been and look ahead to where they want to go. Basically, keep the end in mind!
In an effort to be prepared for the work that the Lord has for me, through my website and blog, I have been reflecting by going back to some storage bins, full of files that I have kept from presentations I have made, retreats and women’s events I have spoken at, and I found some things I had forgotten about.
Just after I was baptized and dedicated my life to God, I felt lead to write down some goals. I recall making notes and I also remember thinking that I needed to write them down, so I wouldn’t forget! In doing so, I was able to see how God has been guiding me through difficult and joyful situations in order to shape me for the present time. I was able to also see that because I had written down my goals and God’s vision for my life, in light of my family; I was actually making very intentional choices in order to get where I wanted to go. But, I had forgotten that I had even done that because of my focus as a wife and mother in the most critical years of my children’s physically and spiritually developmental period in their lives. It has been in the trenches of these years that the Lord has been sanctifying me. It is on this platform that I feel led to stand and speak to women, especially moms to not lose faith!
So, the goals I’ve had were not just from my flesh, but from God, who has always been steering me and redirecting me to get me to where He wants me to be and make a positive difference in my home, neighborhood, church and eventually the world.
God is so good! Even when I couldn’t see clearly because it felt like I was facing a dark and painful season in my personal life, God was and is still in control.
BUT, I still had to choose to trust in Him and not in myself. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
You and I still have the freedom to make choices. Those choices lead to consequences, both good and bad. I’m so thankful that He promises to “cause all things to work together for the good of those who love Him, according to His purposes for my life (Romans 8:28, emphasis added) because I haven’t always made the best choices. As a matter of fact, I am ashamed of many of them, but not afraid to share them, when necessary, to show God’s grace and lead another person to repentance through Christ’ death and resurrection on the cross!
Don’t wait until it’s almost too late, to reflect on your life and see where you are, so you can know where you are going!
Be intentional and choose life! Choose God through Christ!
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