Last night during our house group session, which we hold at our house every Monday evening, we watched a DVD in which a man called Ian McCormack gives his testimony of dying and being raised back to life some time later, after having been stung numerous times by a box jelly fish whilst diving in Mauritius. This experience took place in 1982, but Ian has since dedicated his life to travelling round the world sharing what he saw and heard during the time when he was declared clinically dead by the doctors treating him that day. For a detailed written account and detailed schedule of his visits sharing his testimony all round the world, go to Ian’s website on http://aglimpseofeternity.org/content.php?folder_id=1.
There are many testimonies of people who have gone through similar experiences, but the first thing that is striking about this one is how detailed the account of what he saw is, and how faithful his depiction of God is to the picture we are given by various testimonies time and time again in the bible. By his own account, before that day, Ian could not have been more distant from God if he had tried, and had never opened up a bible, so in his mind there was no knowledge of scripture or of the different accounts of the prophets and apostles about God appearing to them that we find in the Bible.
Secondly, what moved me and made this particular testimony stand out from the rest, is how this man cannot go on talking for more than a few seconds before breaking into prayer. Often when we hear a pastor, a teacher or an evangelist giving a talk or preaching a sermon, there is an obvious sense of the pressures caused by time constraints and an element of control over the content of what is being said and how it is said. Despite man’s efforts, more often than not the flesh prevails over the spirit and whilst many stand on pulpits, it is only those few who cherish their time in God’s presence behind closed doors, who are used mightily and solely for God’s purpose in the public arena; whose ministry will leave a lasting impression and will line up perfectly with God’s will for their life and the lives of those they touch. Ian seems utterly moved and led by the Spirit as he delivers his message, and remarkably, although his life-transforming experience happened such a long time ago, as he speaks, you can feel his prevalent attitude of worship and sheer humility before an unfathomable God who forgives and loves unconditionally, no matter what has gone on before in one’s life. That experience has undeniably had a tremendous impact upon Ian’s heart and soul, and although he came back to life on this earth, he still remains very much in God’s presence at every passing moment, as a result of what he went through that day.
I would invite you to watch the video on the link below and be encouraged by the wonders that await those who love God and who are persevering in their faith against all odds, stumbling blocks and temptations. If you don’t believe, like Ian once didn’t, I urge you to ponder on this thought: As you are gambling with every choice you make in life, do you ever stop to think whether you are placing your bet on the wrong horse? Will you wait til the race is finished to find out?
Your comments after watching this video would be most welcome!
I leave you with the wonderful verses in the Book of Revelation which describe the moment Jesus appears to the apostle John:
I turned round to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash round his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
Revelation 1, 12-16