We spent all day yesterday in the car driving back from Arizona for Memorial Day - usually an 8 hour drive without kids. With multiple potty breaks and nursing/diaper change breaks, it made for a very long drive. But we survived and even enjoyed the drive with the help of a great audio book.
Courtesy of the Orange County Public Library and Overdrive Media Console for Android, we all listened to the audio book, "Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Journey of His Trip to Heaven and Back" by Todd and Sonja Burpo.
We were enthralled from the very beginning and didn't want to stop listening. The premise is that an almost four year old boy, Colton, who almost died from a burst appendix and while under sedation in surgery, visited heaven. He did not die and go to heaven, according to Burpo, as the doctor's said his vital signs were maintained the entire time.
I thought it was fascinating that Colton sat on Jesus' lap, met John the Baptist as well as his unknown older sister who was miscarried at two months. That made me well up at the thought and gave me hope that I may someday meet unknown relatives that are watching me from above in heaven. He described heaven as having rainbow colors, angels with swords, Jesus having red marks on him and loving, gentle eyes and a horse. People have wings of various sizes, time is non-existent, you get to choose a different body (sweet!).
After we listened to the entire audio book, I couldn't stop thinking about Colton's experience and the implications in my life. My mom had a miscarriage with her second pregnancy when she was six months into it I think. I started wondering if I would meet this big sister someday. I never have thought much about it; what's past is past, right? But wow - maybe she has been my guardian angel when I've almost been kidnapped, killed or other grim demise. There have been several times in my life when I've made really bad choices and still lived to tell about it.
I don't have an in-depth bible knowledge, but definitely have a heart to learn more about God and Jesus and where we go after we die. I love reading stories like this and like to believe that they are true. I really want to give my children a strong foundation of Christian knowledge as I wish my mom had given me. I don't like 'bible bumping', but letting them know that they are loved unconditionally from their heavenly father. It is a valuable lesson that I am only just starting to understand for myself.
I've been praying for my mom lately (again) and hoping that God brings someone into her life to be a partner, caretaker, entertainer, and to most of all open her heart. Not just for my selfish desires to have a better mom in my life, but for her happiness. I also want her to explore Christianity and heal from her past hurts and victim mentality. I know that God does miracles in people's lives, and as "Heaven is for Real" reminds me, He actually listens to our prayers. I sometimes question whether or not He hears mine and cares, but apparently He really does.
I pray for my train wreck of a brother and sister too, but that may be just asking for too much. HA! Another story for another time...
All in all, this was a great book. All three adults in the car loved it, so that means it's truly excellent. LOL.