Heaven is a real place. I used to think of it as place our souls go to after we are done using our Earth suits-of-flesh here. But now I know that Heaven is also in the here and now, and accessible to everyone.
Medical science has come a long way. Many more people will live through what would have been terminal events just a few years ago. In my case, forty years ago, had I not been in the emergency department of Great Lakes Naval Hospital when I had my “event,” I probably would not be sitting here writing this. Immediate trauma medical care likely saved my life.
Many more people have had experiences similar to mine—their souls were transported to Heaven while their bodies remained here, only to have their soul reunited with their flesh here on Earth. This blog is written for those people.
Trying to live out life in the here and now after having been in Heaven is a difficult road to travel. I would know, I have forty years of experience. I have dedicated several blog posts to near-death experiences, in order to create a guide for people to reinterpret their purpose here on Earth.
After my great experience in “that place,” coming back to the real world was a stark, almost violent, contrast. Compared to Heaven, this is the land of bland; building an omnipresent urge to return to Heaven. Life in the here and now just doesn’t satisfy. The most dramatic, exciting events here pale in comparison to what it’s like there. So, what are we to do now? —That is the questions for those of us who have shared in near-death experiences.
As a Christian, I retreated into my spiritual roots, trusting in the sovereignty of the Father God.
Below is a reprint image from the gallery of Artist and Master Penman, Jake Weidmann—you can see other works of his at jakeweidmann.com.
This image was created on a park bench across the street from Sandy Hook Elementary School, located in Newtown, Connecticut after a gunman killed 20 children and eight adults in December 2012. In response to the terrible event, Jake sat on that bench asking the Father what He was doing in New Town on that fateful day. Jake found his inspiration from Jesus himself, in Matthew 10:24, where He states that not a sparrow falls to the ground apart from His notice.
If the Father of all notices sparrows falling, then He is also sovereign over His children falling—even innocent ones in elementary school. I know those 20 children are forever in Heaven, experiencing what it is to have pure joy. And I know from experiencing heaven, they would not want to return here.
We who have experienced Heaven have had that experience for a reason, a very sovereign reason. Discovering the reason we are still alive is the mission of our lives. These pages will help those people to make sense of why they are still here. The Father has a purpose in all this, and perhaps together we can find it.
Steve digs deeper into the emotional facet of the Kingdom of Heaven with a young screenwriter who experienced a Bubble of the Kingdom of Heaven for the first time.