I Knew The Presence of God;…..He Was Trying Not To Snicker.

This is one of my favorite stories.

It’s a story about God’s creative approach in dealing with me as an individual, on a tricky matter. When all was said and done, it was abundantly clear how well he knew me, and how well He knew the best way to get His point across to me, as one of His children.

I can’t remember exactly how old I was. It was whatever age you are when adults have to get down on one knee, if they want to talk with you face to face. On this particular occasion, the adult on one knee, was a visiting preacher to our church.

The service was over and most of the congregation were making their way down front, to thank the man for coming. As the preacher shook the many hands, he spotted me standing on crutches and braces close to my father’s protection from the crowd. It was with the sincerest of intentions the preacher approached me. He walked up, knelt down on that one knee, took me by the shoulders, and loud enough for everyone to hear, began to speak.

He said that I wouldn’t always be like this. That someday I would be in heaven, and there receive a brand new body. A body with legs that worked. He said I would one day walk in heaven.

Now everyone was quite blessed by it all, as well they should have been. It struck me different though. Of course I loved the idea of everything that he said, but it was hard for me not to feel the sadness of having to wait seventy or eighty years, before I got to be like everybody else. I felt the weight of never being normal in this lifetime. Never equal. Never with the same chances as everyone else. It was troublesome to me.

That night I had a dream. A very vivid dream.

I dreamed that I was on the ground, in front of the gates of heaven. No crutches, no braces. As I was trying to orient myself, a voice like you hear in Charlton Heston movies, called my name. It said to rise and walk. I looked down, and right before my eyes I watched muscles form and grow on my legs.

I could walk.

Immediately I thanked God with all my heart;….and then asked to be excused. I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful. I simply didn’t want to wait another minute to show my family and friends that I could walk. I asked God that if it were alright with Him, then might I go and find them. He laughed and said it was fine, and off I went. Running through the streets of heaven on my search, hollering like a crazy person with joy.

It wasn’t long before I spotted a large group of my family and friends gathered on a street corner. I bounced and ran up to them full of happiness and freedom, crying out, “Hey everyone. It’s me, Jay. Can you believe it? The day is finally here. I can walk. Not only can I walk, but I can run, I can dance, I can jump up and down if I want too. Can you believe it?? Finally, after all of this time, after all these years, I am just like you..”.

Everyone patted me on the back with love and congratulations, and each saying how great it was to hear such news.

Then after a moment, they took a step back and collectively gave me a look and a little smile that said without words, how happy they were for me. What a beautiful moment.

That’s when they unfolded their giant wings…………..

…………and flew away.

I knew the presence of God;………He was trying not to laugh.

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