SAFE? WHO SAID ANYTHING ABOUT SAFE?
This post is adapted from one I posted on a different blog in 2017.
No, it didn't happen when my daughter was in the ICU. But spending time in the hospital reminded me of an incident that happened prior to 2014. I was a Local Pastor for a United Methodist Church when a phone call brought the bad news. The granddaughter of a couple (who belonged to and were active in the church) was in the ICU after a car accident. Several family members and friends were in the waiting room when my husband Jerry and I arrived.
The patient was a young beautiful girl in critical condition. The grandmother, (who was also a friend), and I walked slowly toward the girl's ICU room. From the hallway, the curtain was partially closed and the space was dark and small. A tiny shape was formed under a sheet, blonde hair only showing.
I stepped one foot inside, following the grandmother. I was immediately overwhelmed with the Lord's presence . . prominently a Holy presence. I pulled my other foot into air thick with sweetness yet heavy with power. I looked up to see if angels were present. No . . no visible angels. (Years before I read My Descent into Death. A Second Chance at Life by Howard Storm. In his book when he first walked into a church after his accident, he alone could see angels. He felt flat on the floor in awe and fear (just as people did as described in the Bible when they saw an angel). His wife was mortified. She whispered loudly in his ear:
"Get up! Get up! We will never come to church again!" Storm was previously an
avowed atheist before his accident.)
Back to the ICU. The Lord's Presence was so strong I wondered if I could maintain standing up and talking. The Sweetness made me want to move or sway but the Holiness could pull me down to my knees. The grandmother was so stricken with sadness she didn't notice any change in me. We prayed together for the precious girl covered by a white sheet, then returned to the waiting room. My husband, Jerry, was standing up. I walked directly into him and buried my head in his chest. Uncontrollably shaking, I stammered out an inept explanation. At a later date I struggled even then to find the words to describe what I had experienced. I am happy to tell you she fully recovered, earned a Master's Degree in Engineering and married.
Why did the Lord allow me to have such a privileged experience of His presence?
Looking back, it was the Holy Spirit moving within me that brought the feelings, not an angel. The Holy Spirit always points to Jesus. After Jesus was crucified, dead and buried,
He rose on the 3rd day. He witnessed to His disciples and many others before He ascended into Heaven. God the Father sent the Holy Spirit to be with and be in those who believed on Him (1 Corinthians 3:16) We believe that He suffered, died and paid the price for our sins. (We had to admit we were sinners first of course.) Thus we want to live for Him. (Philippians 1:21). We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19) Oh, how He loves you and me.
While there is a sweetness and Supreme Holiness, (Leviticus 11:45) to His love, He is also Just and Powerful. Have you read the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis?
The above is the most famous quote from the above mentioned book. It is book two in the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. My son loved these books as a child. Four siblings step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice. This book was one of America's top 100 most-loved novels selected by PBS's The Great American Read.
Comparing Aslan to Jesus? Let's think about this . . .
The Lord wants the godly to turn to Him for safety. The Lord wants to be their refuge.
Aslan was not safe for those who opposed His "children".
Psalm 18:2 / Proverbs 18:10
The Lord calls us to not be afraid either of Him or anything else.
Aslan caused many to be afraid, except those who loved Him.
Revelation 1:17 / Luke 5:10-11 / John 14:27
Is that considered being good and dangerous at the same time?