As my car crashed through the guardrail, the thoughts of a flaming death filled my mind. Would it hurt? What if I laid there broken but not dead? The ground was far, far away. Miles it seemed. I frantically tried to call my wife, but she didn't answer. I quickly sent her a text telling her goodbye and that I loved her. Death approached.
The fall was amazing. In fact, it felt like the video I had watched about skydivers. The ground was still far off, yet, I knew the end of my life was near. This experience had happened dozens of times. No, I'm not the world’s worst driver—only a frequent dreamer of falling.
This time was different. In all my previous dreams, somehow the car and I seem to survive the crash. A ramp would appear out of nowhere to redirect the car, or a grassy hill would turn up, and I would perfectly land and coast down to safety. Not this time.
As the ground rushed into my view, suddenly there was a man next to me in the passenger seat of my car. Somehow I knew he wasn’t human. He sat there smiling calmly and casually said, “You won’t survive this one. Are you ready to leave?”
I said, “Yes,” and whoosh, we went out the windows flying like a blur to the light. Then, I awoke.
I was bummed because I didn't get to see beyond the whoosh. As I processed what had just happened, peace descended upon me. If death is like that, then I'm good to go! No fear, no worries, nothing but a smiling companion who “Are you ready to go?” Death’s sting has been removed for those who know the One that defeated it.
I would have liked to stay asleep and view what others have seen beyond the light. Paul stated that he knew a man that was caught into the third heaven and saw things we simply cannot know just yet. John the Beloved was given a Revelation of the risen Christ that I read and reread often. We get a glimpse of what is next, but not the full picture.
I didn't get the picture beyond the whoosh, but I did receive great comfort regarding the process of getting there, and for that, I am very grateful. In fact, I can't wait to go to bed and see what happens next.
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Dr. Jeff Klick serves as the senior pastor of Hope Family Fellowship, an age-integrated church he planted in 1993. In addition, he is an instructor with The Institute of Church Management and is on the board of The Council for Gospel Legacy Churches. He has earned a professional designation, CFP, a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry, a Doctorate in Biblical Studies, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry. Jeff and his bride Leslie have been married more than 42 years and are blessed with three adult children and 13 grandchildren.www