My mother was dying.
It all started when my mother developed an abdominal pain after having some food out with friends. At first, she thought it was something that she had eaten that evening, but when the pain persisted, she decided to see her doctor. After the medical examination and reassurance by the doctor that it was mild food poisoning, she was sent home. By the third day her condition worsened. The pain became intolerable and she was in agony when paramedics came to take her to the hospital. Upon her arrival to the emergency ward, it was discovered that she had an inflamed appendix, and doctors rushed to remove it. The surgery was successful, and as my mother rested, everyone was confident for a quick recovery. But that confidence was soon overshadowed by the news that complications were stopping her healing process. An infection was discovered, and despite the doctors’ attempts to treat it, nothing was working. It spread through her entire body, threatening to enter her brain, leaving only days for her to live.
As she laid on the hospital bed, on the brink of slipping into a deadly coma, an angel appeared and stood at her feet. My mother describes this angelic being as having the appearance of a woman, although we know angels are neither men or women, having a long white robe, and just the tips of the wings were visible at the back. She could hear the angel speak, but the lips did not move. She knew it wasn’t an earthly language, but she understood it. The best way to describe it, my mother said, was like a beautiful, flowing music. “From this day, from this hour, from this moment you are healed!”, the angel said before leaving. Something powerful and creative took place in that hospital room. Immediately my mother began to improve and was discharged from the hospital by the end of the week. The biggest impact she had received from this encounter is the knowledge of our Heavenly Father’s love. The fact that He cares for us and loves us so much that He would go to the extreme to show that.
In the Message Bible in Ephesians 3:19 we read, “Live full lives, full in the fullness of God”. As Christians our destiny is to walk in the abundance of everything God has for us. His plans for us are fullness of provision, health, and happiness. In Jeremiah 29:11 it says: “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope”. Whatever situation you might find yourself in, whatever storm you might be facing in your life just know that sickness, suffering, and lack are not part of God’s plan for your life. His plans are to prosper you and not to harm you. His plans are to give you hope and a future, not sickness or suffering. His plan for you is to walk into the fullness of His blessing.
“But God being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us. Even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)”, we read in Ephesians 2:4 and 5. He loves us so much. For God so loved the world that He send His only begotten Son. We deserved to die, but He died in our stead. His love has no boundaries, His love has no limits. There is nothing our Heavenly Father would withhold from you and me and He proved it on the cross. Jesus took our sins. He bore our iniquity. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, the Bible tells us. He was beaten and broken in our place and this is the price our Father paid for our redemption. In 2Corinthians 8:9 it says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for our sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich”. He gave it all, holding nothing back, for you and me. The Father’s love for us is only equal to the love for His only Son, and He has demonstrated that on Golgotha.
Let’s look at Ephesians 3:19 again in the New American Standard Bible. It said: “and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you maybe be filled up to all the fullness of God”. When you have an encounter with love Himself, all the theological knowledge you have of God melts away. That experience overtakes any perception you might have of God, it supersedes any idea of who He is. When you come to know who He truly is, you come to know His love.
When you come to know His love, you come into the fullness of God.