I’m a slow reader. I”m not sure why. I think it’s a combination of, I simply don’t make time to read, and when I finally do read, one sentence can capture my attention, and if it “means” something to me, I’ll spend an hour lost in thought over it. Kinda weird because typically I”m a “get ‘er done” type of person, but when it comes to books, I’m like, “uh yeah, I started reading that book in 1987….still not finished.”
Anyhow, all that to say, after my mom died earlier this year I started reading a book (still not finished) called “Imagine Heaven”, by John Burke pastor of Gateway Church in Texas. The book is incredible. In it, they interviewed a bunch of people who had near death experiences and they tell the stories of what they saw in Heaven.
Some people talk about how they died but they were still fully alive, just outside of their body. They could see themselves lying there. They could hear conversations. Some would even go beyond the building they were in and see a broader spectrum of what was happening on earth.
As I was reading this, I was reminded of an experience my mom had the week before she passed. She was in ICU, and she was somewhat delirious...or so it seemed. The nurses told us that they called it ICU delirium and that most people who were over 50 and in ICU for more than 4 days experienced it. They said that it was a combination of the strong drugs that they were on in addition to the fact that the patients could not get any sleep in there. So their days and nights were continually messed up. So mom had some days where she would say some silly things and also act out of character.
One day in particular, while sitting in her hospital bed, she would look up into the sky and say, “Oh that’s wonderful” in the most awestruck voice. And then she’d chuckle. A few minutes would go by and she’d look dreamily to the Heavens again and say, “Oh that’s so wonderful”... Wherever she was, she was having a good time. So much so, that at one point I got as close beside her as I could, and I looked where she was looking and I said to her, “I wish I could see what you see because it sounds like it’s amazing.”
She would continue to bounce back and forth between that “wonderful” place that she was experiencing and reality. But the thing that amazes me is one time, while she was in the “wonderful” place, she started giggling like a little girl and as she was laughing she shouted with excitement, “Run Maren Run!”
Maren is our daughter who was on spring break in Ft. Myers, Florida at the time. I, got a kick out of Mom saying “run Maren run”. I totally thought that she was talking out of her mind so I sent Maren a text and I said something to the effect of, “I don’t know what Grandma sees, but she just shouted, “Run Maren Run!”
Imagine my surprise when Maren texted back saying, “Mom, that is so weird. Jackie and I were just walking through the yard in front of our condo and the sprinklers came on so we were running to try to avoid getting soaked.”