As I sat outside on my daughters swing yesterday, surrounded by kittens and sunshine, I saw and felt a large drop of water [?] land on the top of my left hand. I know what you’re thinking… “What kind of bird was flying overhead?” But I tell you, there were no birds near me, and before you ask, there were no clouds in the sky, either. I looked up toward Heaven and said to the Lord… “Is this a tear of joy or sadness? Father, please tell me there has been a delighting of your heart, and not a heart-break.” And as I lifted my hand to my nose to see if I could smell its origin, much to my delight… a sweet smelling aroma filled my heart.
And as if that was not enough of a blessing, with eyes closed facing upward, I saw two dots leading up to a triangle-shaped ‘thought’ cloud, like a message communicated in a cartoon. I was completely taken back by the majestic colors that the dots transformed into. It was like a light show with colors that were out-of-this world. If I had to name their family I’d say brilliant aqua, majestic blues, passionate purples, florescent greens, deep reds, and ‘on fire’ orange. It was as if the Lord had given me a colorful slideshow. Every few seconds the beauty changed to another and I was so incredibly mesmerized by His works. I have often prayed to see in the colors of God. And on this day, the Lord delivered crayons from Heaven, and tears streamed down my face.
When I think on this… it takes me back to a time when tears from Heaven meant grief from separated loved ones. I have heard songs sung, poems versed, stories told, and movies made on this topic, but none can compare to knowing the True answer to my prayers… “When I get to where I’m going, will I see my loved ones there? Will I know it’s them in Heaven, will I recognize their stare?”
Several years ago now, I found myself crying out to God, for the safety and protection of my children [babies at the time], my family. I had come to the realization that I was no longer in control and that the only One who was… must be God. I would look at them as they slept and think “Oh my God, what would I do without them? I can’t imagine that one lifetime of loving them, is enough. Jesus, will I know them in Heaven?”
I was unchurched for decades, when I started to watch Dr. Charles Stanley’s clearly anointed messages on TV. I consider myself now, a “recovering prodigal”, which my status will not change until the day of Christ Jesus [Philippians 1:6]. With that being said, this might imply that my status several years ago would be… “arriving” home. I would cling to the TV every Saturday night, or when the programming was moved to Sunday mornings at 8AM, just to hear Dr. Stanley teach the Good News. I was always blessed when Dr. Stanley preached, but there are a few messages that will always stand out for me today, out of the 15 years, I have given ear to hear.
The first time I met Dr. Stanley, I was in a battle for my life. I was flipping through the TV channels one evening and came across a preacher with a caption listed below reading something like this… ‘How to handle adversity in your life’. I was ‘hooked’ from that moment on. I know now this to be a God-send and an answer to prayer. Even though I fumbled in my ‘talk’ and stumbled as I ‘walked’, Jesus was clearly out in front. Dr. Stanley was also the one who, after twenty-five years, succeeded in getting me to pick up and really read The Holy Bible. Thank you Dr. Charles Stanley for your service to the Living God.
There were others [themes and messages] that grabbed me. They were composed of Spiritual gifts, “relationship”, his own parenting life examples, fixing your eyes on God [rather than the lions, bears, or workplace giants], that there is nowhere we’ve been or nothing we’ve done, that can change His love and offer of saving grace for us. And woven throughout the fabric of all… Trust in Jesus and leave all the consequences to Him. Remember… “you reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow”, and, and, and…
It’s funny, that as I write, more of Dr. Stanley’s messages from the Word of God, flood my mind and heart… but I cannot list them all. I do post Dr. Stanley and InTouch.org Daily Devotionals on my ‘Welcome to In Christ, daily’ page, for your reference. I pray they bless you, as much as they bless me.
… And… The one that has blessed my heart over and over, was the one Dr. Stanley delivered on… ‘Will we know [recognize] our loved ones in Heaven?’ I was glued to my seat. Perhaps today I would have answer to my prayers… “When I get to where I’m going [Heaven], will I see my loved ones there? Will I know it’s them in Heaven, will I recognize their stare?” And the answer was… “yes”! I no longer remember the details of Dr. Stanley’s teaching, but what I remember is Jesus having a conversation with two of His ‘family’ members [Moses and Elijah] and even Peter, James and John recognized them. This Scripture, this message, blessed me abundantly. I just need to trust Jesus with the details. From this point on, I knew that all who seek and know Jesus as Lord, will find residence in Heaven. And when we all get to where we are going… it will be REUNION! No more tears in Heaven!
And if I get there first, don’t cry for me, I’ll be with my Jesus!
I am still so amazed by how God perfectly orchestrates, in exact timing, His divine lessons and interventions in my life, that I actually feel tickled every time He does it. If you see me smiling or laughing… perhaps now you know why. And on this certain day, there was much rejoicing. What would you say the odds would be, that my children’s nightly Bible Scripture reading was bookmarked next, for Luke 9, “The Transfiguration”? If I were a betting person, I’d be rich. Seeing how I am a child of the Living God person… I am rich! What a blessing, a testimony, a ‘train up your children in the way they should go’… teachable moment [for all]…
Luke 9… The Transfiguration
28 About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray. 29 And as He was praying, the appearance of His face was transformed, and His clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly, two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared and began talking with Jesus. 31They were glorious to see. And they were speaking about His exodus from this world, which was about to be fulfilled in Jerusalem.
32 Peter and the others had fallen asleep. When they woke up, they saw Jesus’ glory and the two men standing with Him. 33 As Moses and Elijah were starting to leave, Peter, not even knowing what he was saying, blurted out, “Master, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials [three tabernacles] — one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 34But even as he was saying this, a cloud overshadowed them, and terror gripped them as the cloud covered them.
35 Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is My Son, My Chosen One. [This is My dearly loved Son.] Listen to Him.” 36 When the voice finished, Jesus was there alone. They didn’t tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
Luke 18:15-17 Jesus Blesses the Children
15One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so He could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering Him.
16 Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to Me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
1 John 3:2
Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but He has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is.
“Believers join their departed little ones in heaven (2 Sam. 12:23).”
… Dr. Charles Stanley for July 7, 2011
“Where I know you see Jesus… There are whispers in your ear… All your senses are dancing… Where you experience ‘no more tears’.”
… jams4JESUS, except from “It’s Just Geography…” July 8, 2011
Be BLESSED… until we meet again!