Earlier in the week, I watched a documentary on near death experiences. Similar to an episode of Project Afterlife, Destination America examined the experiences of two individuals who flat lined, then came back to life. During these interviews, the man and woman describe their moments hovering above their bodies and the heaven and hell like encounters that followed. Rarely do people get second chances at life, but for those granted a special exception, perspectives on life radically change.
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen, Hebrews 13:20-21.
While I don’t recall the exact title, this show tried to help others understand unsolved mysteries about life. The man selected for this episode was a neuro surgeon, spending a large portion of his career saving the lives of others. In this scenario, the roles were reversed as his life slipped slowly away after several seizures. His recollections of the afterlife altered the path of his new life. This surgeon recalls a place similar to the accounts of hell in the Bible. Dark, alone and filled with a constant eerie noise, it didn’t take long for panic to set in. Upon waking up days later, his wife and son could see the fear in his eyes. Like the reality show Scared Straight, this man didn’t need to go to prison to quickly turn his life over to God.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect, Romans 12:2.
Meanwhile, the woman who was in a car accident, went through a much more pleasant experience. Like scenes from the I Saw Heaven, this individual is reunited with family members who had died and gone to heaven. She details one conversation, the last before waking up in the hospital. An aunt tells this woman that her work on earth is not finished. The Lord is sending you back to complete the purpose and will God has for you. “Live fearlessly,” undaunted by the barriers and obstacles that exist. After hearing this message, I feel like this applies to all believers, hoping to please God. May this testimony inspire you to go through life undaunted, trusting in angels, divine intervention and God’s power to cross the finish line on earth.
by Jay Mankus