Are You Listening, God?
Updated: Oct 27
A simple but powerful prayer of hope.
Whenever confused or burdened, just look up.
Terminal Illness reveals what's most important in life. Last year, my husband Rich started to show signs of being anxious about "how to be more like Him," while winding down on his illness journey.
He would point upwards with his index finger, tears in his eyes, and say, "I just want to be more like Him." It was heartbreaking as his spouse. How do I help my husband focus when he has a devastating degenerative brain disease? What do I say? What can I do?
After having this experience about 3 times, I was given a plan via a dream or vision one night.
It was as if I was looking through my own eyes but with Jesus whispering in my mind. He had me take my left hand, palm up, while using my right hand to point at each finger, beginning with the pinky finger.
The pinky finger represented the first important concept I was to teach Rich. It was for "Love." The next finger was for "Service," then the middle finger, "Forgiveness." I can remember feeling elated, even though I was asleep, I was really "awake" spiritually.
Then He said, "These three things will give you a Grateful Heart." Then he said the thumb was very important. He said, "Each and every day, everyone has the Freedom to Choose whether to follow Me (Jesus) or not."
He doesn't want anyone to feel they are forced to love Him. Free will, freedom to choose, to love him willingly. No one wants someone to be forced into a relationship. We want people to stay with us, build a life with us --- to LOVE us unconditionally... because they want and choose to. God is no different. He impressed upon me how important it was to respect other's freedom.
God’s sovereignty does not violate our free will, it sets our will free. – Mark Ballenger (read the article here).
After being in lock-down since March, our family decided to plan a little Anniversary party for Rich and me. I was very aware that more-than-likely, this was our last earthly anniversary.
It felt good to get together and celebrate something. It was at this event that I revealed the painting and the story behind it. Let me explain how the painting came into existence.
Several months after my vision of how to teach Rich to focus on the most important concepts that Jesus wanted him to remember, I had another idea. I'm not really sure if it was my idea or God's idea, but it was a good one and I've learned to just follow through when He lets me know what to do.
Over my adult lifetime, I have come to know several people who have had near-death experiences or NDE's. I could totally relate to these people after having a very powerful spiritual transformative out-of-body experience myself when I was in my twenties.
For those that are not too familiar with this topic or if you are concerned about whether or not these stories and messages fall in line with the Bible, here's a good video featuring Pastor and author, John Burke, to give you something to think and pray about. This video came out in the spring after the COVID-19 pandemic so hopefully, it will give you peace and encouragement.
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see. – Alexandra k. Trenfor.