Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder and Jesus is in the Heart of Whoever invites him in.
My belief is real and my belief is Stong!
I have experienced many spiritual experiences in my life and because of these, my faith has grown to be invincible.
Let me share just one of those experiences with you.
It was evening and I was not long home from the birth of my last son.
It was a difficult labour and delivery, my son uttered one slight cry and then cried without sound for days. His larynx had been damaged (it did heal).
I had suffered some swelling prior the delivery then after, my body exploded.
I went into HELLP !!
HELLP syndrome is the medical name given to a serious (and rare) complication of pre-eclampsia involving a combination of liver and blood disorders.
HELLP stands for:
• H (haemolysis - red blood cell damage);
• EL (elevated liver enzymes - indicating liver damage);
• LP (low platelets in the blood leading to a bleeding tendency)
On top of this on the second day after the delivery a thrombosis developed in my inner thigh.
With not much understanding thirty years ago about blood clotting, I was fed continual doses of aspirin. After being kept in the hospital over the required time, I was finally sent home to receive daily post natal home nursing care.
We lived in an old house on a small farm with a few scant neighbours and a dirt road out front. My (then) husband went to play tennis leaving me in bed with the babe in his crib beside me and our other three children sitting watching television.
I was ill and afraid. My heart pained, beating out of rhythm. Weakly I lay back against the bed pillows and prayed.
"Lord Jesus, please come and stand beside me."
With my eyes closed I felt the presence of someone standing next to me, waiting. Thinking one of the children had come into the room I opened my eyes. Standing, looking down was a tall man. He was dressed as a shepperd, like pictures I'd seen in my Bible.
I knew it was a shepperd because of the crook held in His hand.
I had prayed and asked Him to come.....and He came!
For what seemed like the longest time he remained looking down at me.
Then slowly he walked towards my bedroom door and out into the hall.
Struck dumb it took a while before I was able to call my eldest daughter.
What a wondrous experience! My daughter and I prayed our thanks and rejoiced in my ethereal visitation.
Many months later Femia (daughter) came running to show me what she read in her bible. It said that in times of need, He comes as a Shepperd.
In John 10:11, we are told:
"I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."
Yet sadly, many deny Him.
As in John 1:10-18:
"He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God."
Praise His Holy Name!!!