1. A Prelude to a
I was looking forward
to this morning, as I had planned a hunting trip
on the ninety-eight acre farm, bordering the
Chattahoochee River, my family and I lived on. I
arrived home and gathered my gear trying to get
as early a start as I could. My wife had already
left for work as most people do who have normal
working hours. I usually called her when I was
going hunting but being in a hurry on this
particular morning I didn't.
I had about a two
mile hike to my tree stand and arrived there
around 10:15 a.m. My stand was about 20 feet
high on the front side facing a thick patch of
pines. The back side faced the river below and
dropped off to huge boulders in the river below.
I tied off my rifle to be pulled up after my
climb to the top and began my upward ascent. I
reached the top and positioned myself to pull my
rifle up. Then without warning I heard a snap. I
would later return to this site many times to
reflect on my life. On one visit with a friend I
measured the distance from the top of the stand
down to the boulder I landed on - eighty feet!
As I began my fall to
the river below I could see the river coming up
fast. I knew this was the end for me and though
it was just seconds before impact, it was as
though I was in slow motion.
So many thoughts
raced through my mind. "My wife, my daughter, my
family, and no one knows where I am! Would I
ever be found?"
Then, darkness. How
long this darkness lasted I don't know. Then
something wonderful happened. I felt myself
leaving my body. I was floating a few feet in
the air above the river. I looked on my body
with mixed feelings. I was bleeding from my
mouth, nose, ears, and saw a trickle of blood
underneath me on the boulder. As I was
reflecting on the state of my body, I felt a
pulling and began to rise very fast. I was
traveling at a high rate of speed upwards
through the atmosphere.
As I left the
atmosphere, I looked back and could see the
Earth! Such a beautiful sight! It was so
brilliantly lit. As I looked ahead I could see
the planets. I thought to myself, "This cannot
be! Where is Jesus?" I was never told anything
like this could or would happen when I died.
Faster, and faster
the speed was increasing. I saw other star
systems and galaxies as I raced onward. I
entered what seemed to be a hole of some sort.
It was long and dark. However around me I saw
streaks of light made up of every color in the
spectrum. I saw a faint light growing brighter
and brighter in the distance up ahead. As I
entered the light I felt it all through my
being. I was not afraid anymore.
Then all of a sudden
I was standing before a massive set of steps.
They led up to what seemed to be a bridge or
walk of some kind. In the distance I saw a sight
so magnificent and astounding - a city made up
of what seemed to be glass or crystal!
2. A Miracle is
The lights were of
many colors that radiated from it. Never have I
ever seen such a sight. I began walking toward
the city in a daze of unbelief.
So many questions
raced through my mind. "I had to know where I
was." "What was happening to me?"
I reached the front
of the city and saw a double door that looked to
be about thirty feet or so in height and width.
It shined as if it was polished. As I stood
there wondering, the doors began to open. I took
a step back and looked inside.
I could see what
appeared to be people walking about on the
inside, much like they do in a mall here on
Earth. These people though were dressed very
different. For one thing, they all seemed to be
dressed in some sort of robes with hoods.
I entered through the
doors in amazement at what I was seeing. The
inside was massive. It seemed to be square in
shape, with a balcony all around that led down
to different levels. I walked up and looked
downward over the balcony. It seemed to go on
As I looked up I saw
many passing by me, yet no one seemed to notice
me. Then as one was approaching me he suddenly
stopped. He slowly raised his head and I could
see his face.
He appeared to be
human in every respect but one. His eyes. No
pupils! Yet they seemed to change colors in
colors of blue. His hair was snow white.
I wanted to speak but
before I could he turned and pointed to a long
hallway. Though we never spoke I knew I was to
go down this hallway.
Then as if nothing
had ever happened, he continued on. I knew I had
to as well. Something was beckoning me forward.
I walked a long walk
down to the end of this hallway. I did not turn
to the right or the left. I knew somehow that my
questions were about to be answered.
Again I saw before me
a massive double door. It seemed to be of some
type of metal - whether gold or not I could not
Suddenly the doors
opened. I heard a voice, though not as we speak,
but from inside of me it seemed to say, "Enter."
I did as I was told and the doors shut suddenly
behind me. I was afraid for the first time.
Total darkness. Total silence.
Then after a space of
time the length of which I could not determine,
a bright light began to glow in the room.
Brighter and brighter it became! It was somewhat
above me and in front of me. I tried to look but
was almost blinded from it! I held my hands up
in front of me and could make out the appearance
of a figure setting on some type of seat.
Then without warning
"What have you done
with your life?"
The voice penetrated
my very being. I had no answer.
Then to my right I
saw what seemed to be like a movie, and I was in
it. I saw my mother giving me birth, my
childhood and friends. I saw everything from my
youth up. I saw everything I had ever done
before my eyes!
As my life played out
before my very eyes I tried to think of good
things I had done. I was raised in church and
had been very active in church functions.
Yet as I pondered on
this, I saw a man in his car that had ran out of
gas. I had stopped and given him a lift to a
local store about a year ago. I had bought him
some gas as he had no money and helped him get
on his way. I thought to my self, why am I
seeing this? The voice was loud and clear.
"You took no thought
to help this soul and asked nothing in return.
These actions are the essence of good."
I saw all the people
I had hurt as well and was shown how my actions
had set in motion the actions of others. I was
stunned! I had never thought of my life having
an effect on the actions that friends, family,
and others I had met would take. I saw the
results of all I had done. I was not pleased at
I looked on until the
events came to an end. Indeed I had done so
little with my life. I had been selfish and
cruel in so many ways. I was truly sorry I had
done so little. Then again loud and clear I
heard the voice speak again, "You must return."
I did not want to
return though. I was content to stay and longed
to stay even after the things I had seen and
"I have so many
questions," I replied, "things I need to know
and don't understand."
"You must return and
help others to change by changing your life.
Physicians will want to perform surgery on you.
Do not let this happen. If you do you will never
walk again. You will be visited by one who will
bring you answers to the questions you have.
When I call you will come again. You will
recover from all that has happened if you do
these things. Look and see what lies ahead."
I turned and saw the
Earth in turmoil. Wars and death. Terrible
sights. Cities fell and new ones were built. I
saw the United States and a volcano exploding
covering many cities in darkness. I looked on
and saw the collapse of our government as we
know it. People killing for food and water.
Horrible sights. I saw what seemed to be a giant
explosion in the Earth's atmosphere and much
land was destroyed. I looked on and saw a new
type of people, younger and of a peaceful
nature. The cities were few that were left, but
these people seemed to be content.
"It is time for you
to go," I heard again.
But I wanted to see
Then the doors opened
and I felt myself almost being carried down the
hallway. I passed through the doors of the city
and felt myself shooting through this hole I had
came through. Faster I went, unable to stop.
I entered the
atmosphere of Earth and saw the river below. I
saw my body still lying there motionless.
Then it was like an
electric shock so tremendous I felt my body
jump. I opened my eyes and saw the trees above
and the skyline. Then, Oh God, the pain! I was
struggling for every breath, choking on my own
3. The Miracle That
I managed to roll
onto my stomach. The pain was all I could bare.
I looked at the sky and saw the sun was lower
than I remembered. I looked at my watch. It was
5:30. My only thoughts were how I could get
help. I noticed my rifle was not far from me,
still attached to the rope I had tied around my
waist. I began pulling it toward me. I managed
to grab hold of the barrel and pulled it up to
me. I fired a shot about every ten minutes
hoping someone would come.
It was getting late
and I knew I would not make it much longer, so I
began crawling on my stomach, pulling myself
with the stock of my rifle. I managed to crawl
up a trail that ran down to the river. As I
crawled and crawled, the pain was so great I
passed out many times. Through thick brush and
briar patches I crawled. I wanted to give up I
was so tired and in so much pain. I knew though
I had to make it at least to where I could be
found - I hoped.
I looked out in front
of me and saw the road I lived on through the
trees. I could hear sounds in the distance!
"Yes, thank you God,"
I thought to myself!
I finally found
myself at the road and began a feeble cry for
help. I was too exhausted though and just lay
there in the road.
My father-in-law was
returning from work and found me lying in the
"It's all right," I
heard him say. "Help is on the way."
That was the last I
remembered until I saw the lights inside the ER.
A doctor stood at my feet.
"Can you feel this?"
"Feel what?" I
asked. He had been sticking my feet and legs. I
"We can not help you
here son," he said. "We are sending you by
ambulance to a hospital that can handle your
Whether from the pain
or medication, I was out like a light.
The next afternoon I
awoke to find two doctors standing at the foot
of my hospital bed. They introduced themselves
as my attending physicians and proceeded to
explain to me I must undergo surgery at once.
The bones in my back that were broken were
putting pressure on my spinal nerve causing
paralysis. Then I heard the warning I had heard
"Do not let them
perform surgery, or you will never walk again."
completely, but I knew they would not. I told
them I must see my wife and daughter first.
My wife arrived with
my daughter shortly after the doctors' visit. I
told her what they had said. She advised me that
I must realize they were doing what was
necessary to help me. I did not know how to tell
her what I had experienced. I tried to tell her
it was my belief that I should not be operated
on. Although she disagreed, she honored my
When the doctors
returned and I told them of my decision, they
were very upset. I listened to lecture after
"OK," one of them
said, "if you never want to walk again that's up
to you." Then they left.
That night I lay upon
my bed and wept sorely. Was I insane? What was I
A light began to fill
"You will be well," I
heard a voice say.
Then it was gone.
I composed myself and
dosed off to sleep.
Days turned into
weeks, weeks into months.
Then one morning I
felt a tingling in my feet! I was overcome with
joy! I told the nurse I wanted to get up and
walk. She stared at me and said, "We'll see,
we'll see." I knew I was healed without a doubt.
The nurse put a call in to my doctor and the
next morning he stopped by.
"So you think you can
walk?" he said.
"Yes," I replied.
"Well, we will see."
A few hours later I
was taken down to the physical therapy room.
They carried me down and raised me up to a
vertical position. The nurse helped me in front
of a set of parallel bars. I gripped the bars
and placed my feet firmly on the floor. One
step. Two steps.
"My God, he's
walking!" the nurse said to the nurse who had
brought me down.
The next few days
were hard. I took many trips to physical
therapy, and had numerous x-rays done per my
doctors' orders. My wife and family were all
amazed, yet I knew. I had been told! The rest
had to be true as well.
My doctor was more
amazed when he found no bones pressing on my
spinal nerve. I use his quote: "This is not
normal. It seems a Higher Power has done for you
what we were going to try and correct with
surgery. I have never seen anything like this
before.' End quote.
Since that day, my
life has changed and I have been able to help
others in ways I never dreamed. I wanted to
share this with all, as it is what has led me
onward in my quest for truth.