A Vision Of Jesus

January 11, 2015
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Isaiah 6:1 – In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. (ESV)

There was a time when I turned my back on God. I denied His existence. He took my best friend — my father — even though I prayed that He'd heal and keep him on this earth. I was only nine then, but for many years, I wanted nothing to do with God. Although later I married and had three children, my heart was still hardened.

My wife was a believer, so naturally, she tried to encourage me to read the Scriptures, but the more she tried, the more hostile I became. I wanted to stop her from witnessing to others; at one point, she hid the family Bible in our home. Finally, she prayed that God would deal with me, and so He did. In a horrific and vivid dream, I saw myself entering the pit of hell. The sights, sounds, and stench were indescribable. I was literally scared to death. Shortly thereafter, God lightened my heart. I knew how much He truly loved me. One week later, at 3:00 a.m., I wrote the following:

    You know I met a man today
    He stands about six feet tall
    He seems to be a friendly sort
    With eyes so remarkable

    I think that I could like this man
    For I know that He likes me
    He's got such strength and character
    Yet He's as calm as the sea

    There's something that He wants
    I'm not sure what it be
    Although I sense it in my heart
    It's love He wants from me

    His voice is soft, harassing not
    With words that are so true
    If love had looks then it'd be
    He who stands in front of me

    He's leaving now, but He will return
    As He has said to us
    So I asked His name before He went
    And He just smiled and said, "Jesus."

This was how the Lord revealed Himself to me. Now, I believe that His Word is true and our Lord God is real. His existence cannot be denied.

Perhaps, you're going through a similar experience and feeling angry with God, or maybe just praying for a loved one whose heart has also been hardened. If so, this testimony will be an encouragement to you. I am not a writer and surely not a poet; it is only by God's grace that I share this experience. Anything is possible with God. We need only let Him into our hearts. Then, truly, we will see and be with Him.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, please hear our prayer that if someone has declared Your non-existence or turned their back on You, You would soften their hearts and clear their minds so that they will feel Your endless love for us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Larry Delia <delialarry@gmail.com>
Ocean View, Delaware, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for sharing Larry.

    What a beautiful witness! Thank you and God bless you.

    Beautiful message, Larry. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Excellent! am passing it along.

    WOW! What a powerful testimony to His amazing grace! Thank you for sharing. May God continue to bless your walk with Him.

    Thank you for your testimony. Now if only we could make the terrorists read this and believe.

    Dear Larry, Thanks for your meaningful story. It helps the rest of us deal with heartbreaking experiences.
    (Saskatoon, Canada)

    Dear Larry,
    I really enjoy your testimony “A Vision Of Jesus”.
    Thank you.

    Good morning Larry:
    Thank you for this prayer. My mentally-challenged middle-aged son says there is no God. Perhaps this is the prayer I need to help my son realize God does exist, and that he loves him.

    Dear Larry,
    What a testimony. It brought tears to my eyes.
    For not being a writer, you surely got your point across; Jesus will meet us in our need, and we become His forever. Praise Him!
    (California USA)

    Hello Larry,
    Thank you for writing today’s devotional. Your story of the journey to God is powerful, humble, captivating. Your poem struck me as honest and honouring.
    God guide your journey.
    What a difference you’ve made to your family, friends, strangers.

    Thank you, Larry for sharing this story of your conversion to Christ. Your dream was an amazing miracle, along with God’s loving presence afterwards.
    This testimony helps keep me resting in God’s faithfulness to his ancient covenant promises. He is still most capable of softening hearts, no matter how calloused they have become. And he is still working through
    means such as dreams – doing what we could never accomplish, even in all our efforts at. Prayer is far better.

    Wow! What a testimony. What a difference it makes to me when I hear other people’s stories, especially the ones that have something in common with my own experience. About five years after we married, I “met” Jesus and was really on fire for Him. That’s what scared my husband and for years I too kept my Bibles out of sight and was very careful not to talk on the phone with any of my believing friends. How beautiful it is when ones loved one is finally “dealt with” by the Lord! It took 39 years in my case, but what a joy to be able to engage in conversation now and to see him reading the Bible. Thank you so very much for sharing your story. May the Lord lift you to the very heights of His Joy and Peace.

    Thanks for writing to us, Larry!
    May the LORD be with you, and please write some more.

    Well said Larry,
    You need to write more.
    God bless.

    Wow Larry, you did it again – another great devotional! Thanks for sharing your testimony. I pray God will use it to touch the hearts of unbelievers for salvation.

    Thank You, for your letter on ‘PresbyCan’ this morning.
    You sound like my beloved son. He does not want to hear about a Christian life.
    I have already suffered over 20 years without hearing his Voice.
    He just hangs the phone up.

    Hello Larry,
    I so appreciated your story today. Principally because I am in the process of dealing with just such a scenario. In that, my husband, a non believer, is a terminal cancer victim.
    He has not believed for many years, although, interestingly, he did not object to my wish to bring up our children in the faith.
    I pray, with the support of my brothers and sisters in Christ, that he will find the Lord, before he departs this vale of tears. And I will ask you, who has been there, to pray for him.
    Thank you.

    Thank you Larry.

    Hi Larry, I am blessed by your testimony! It shows how God can reveal Himself to us in a number of ways including dreams and visions. May God bless you and give you His peace.

    Larry Delia,
    Thank you for opening your heart and notebook to us who read.
    Don’t put yourself down. God wants to continue to put yourself up and up in what he will do to reach others through you.
    The Book and the Spirit are at your right hand. Depend on both together with the Son of Love. And write more for God’s sake.

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful poem that God has given you to write. Hope to hear more from you.

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