An Eighty Foot Fall into Heaven
The following experience is included in The Ripple Effect,
I was looking forward to going hunting on the
98-acre farm that my family and I lived on. My wife had already left for
work. I usually called her before going, but being in a hurry on this particular
morning, I didn't.
I had about a two-mile hike to
my tree stand and arrived there around 10:15 a.m. My stand was about 20
feet high on the front side facing a thick patch of pines. The back side
faced the river below and dropped off to huge boulders in the river below.
I tied off my rifle to be pulled up after my climb to the top and began
my upward ascent. I reached the top and positioned myself to pull my rifle
up. Then without warning I heard a snap! I fell 80 feet into the river below.
I knew this was the end for me
and though it was just seconds before impact, I felt as though the fall
was in slow motion. Many thoughts raced through my mind. My wife, my daughter,
my family, and no one knows where I am! Would I ever be found? Then came
total darkness. How long this darkness lasted, I don't know.
Then something wonderful happened!
I felt myself leaving my body. I was floating a few feet in the air above
the river. I looked at my body with mixed feelings. I was bleeding from
my mouth, nose, ears, and saw a trickle of blood underneath me on the boulder.
As I reflected on the state of my body, I felt a pulling and began to rise
very fast! I began traveling at a high rate of speed upwards through the
I looked back and could see the
earth. Such a beautiful sight. It was so brilliantly lit. As I looked ahead,
I could see the planets. I thought to myself, this cannot be. Were is Jesus?
I was never told anything like this could or would happen when I died.
Faster and faster the speed was
increasing! I saw other star systems and galaxies as I raced onward! I entered
what seemed to be a hole of some sort. It was long and dark. However around
me I saw streaks of light made up of every color in the spectrum. I saw
a faint light growing brighter and brighter in the distance up ahead. As
I entered the light, I felt it all through my being. I was not afraid anymore.
Then suddenly I was standing before
a massive set of steps. They led up to what seemed to be a bridge or walk
of some kind. In the distance I saw a sight so magnificent and astounding!
A city made up of what seemed to be glass or crystal. The lights were of
many colors that radiated from it. Never have I ever seen such a sight.
I began walking toward the city in a daze of unbelief. So many questions
raced through my mind. I had to know where I was. What was happening to
I reached the front of the city
and saw a double door that looked to be about 30 feet or so in height and
width. It shined as if it was polished. As I stood there wondering, the
doors began to open. I took a step back and looked inside. I could see what
appeared to be people walking about on the inside, much like they do in
a mall here on earth. These people though were dressed very different. For
on thing, they all seemed to be dressed in some sort of robes with hoods.
I entered through the doors in
amazement at what I was seeing! The inside was massive. It seemed to be
square in shape, with a balcony all around that led down to different levels.
I walked up and looked downward over the balcony. It seemed to go on forever.
When I looked up, I saw many people passing by me, yet no one seemed to
notice me. Then one approached me and suddenly stopped. He slowly raised
his head, and I could see his face.
He appeared to be human in every
respect but one. His eyes. He had no pupils. Yet they seemed to change colors
in shades of blue. His hair was snow white. I wanted to speak but before
I could, he turned and pointed to a long hallway. Though we never spoke,
I knew I was to go down this hallway. Then as if nothing had ever happened,
he continued on. Something beckoned me forward. I walked a long way down
to the end of this hallway. I did not turn to the right or the left; I only
went straight ahead. I knew somehow that my questions were about to be answered.
Again I saw before me a massive
double door. It seemed to be of some type of metal---whether gold or not,
I could not tell. Suddenly the doors opened. I heard a voice, though not
as we speak, but from inside of me. It seemed to say, "enter."
I did as I was told, and the doors shut suddenly behind me! I was afraid
for the first time. Total darkness. Total silence.
Then after a space of time the
length of which I could not determine, a bright light began to flow in the
room. Brighter and brighter it became. It was somewhat above me and in front
of me. I tried to look but was almost blinded from it. I held my hands up
in front of me and could make out the appearance of a figure sitting on
some type of seat.
Then without warning, it happened!
"What have you done with
your life?" The voice penetrated my very being. I had no answer.
To my right I saw what seemed
like a movie, and I was in it. I saw my mother giving me birth, my childhood
and friends. I saw everything from my youth up. I saw everything I had ever
done pass before my eyes! As my life played out before me, I tried to think
of good things I had done. I was raised in church and had been very active
in church functions, yet as I pondered on this I saw a man in his car that
had run out of gas. I had stopped and given him a lift to a local store,
and bought him some gas because he had no money. I thought to myself, why
am I seeing this?
The voice was loud and clear.
"You took no thought in helping this soul and asked nothing in return.
These actions are the essence of good!"
I saw all the people I had hurt
as well and was shown how my actions had set in motion the actions of others.
I was stunned! I had never thought of my life having an effect on the actions
that friends, family, and others I had met would take. I saw the results
of all I had done. I was not pleased at all.
I looked on until the events came
to an end. Indeed I had done so little with my life! I had been selfish
and cruel in so many ways. I was truly sorry that I had done so little.
Then again loud and clear, I heard
the voice speak again. "You must return!"
I did not want to return though.
I was content to stay and longed to stay even after the things I had seen
and heard. "I have so many questions," I replied, "things
I need to know but don't understand."
"You must return and help
others to change by changing your life. Physicians will want to perform
surgery on you. Do not let this happen! If you do, you will never walk again.
You will be visited by one who will bring you answers to the questions you
have. When I call, you will come again. You will recover from all that has
happened, if you do these things. Look and see what lies ahead!"
I turned and saw the earth in
a turmoil! Wars and death, terrible sights! Cities fell and new ones were
built! I saw the United States and a volcano exploding, covering many cities
in darkness! I looked on and saw the collapse of our government as we know
it. People killing for food and water, horrible sights! I saw what seemed
to be a giant explosion in the earth's atmosphere and much land was destroyed!
I looked on and saw a new type of people, younger and of a peaceful nature.
The cities were few that were left, but these people seemed to be content.
"It is time for you to go,"
I heard again! I wanted to see more but the doors opened and I felt myself
almost being carried down the hallway. I passed through the doors of the
city and felt myself shooting through this hole I had come through. Faster
I went, unable to stop! I entered the atmosphere of earth and saw the river
below. I saw my body still lying there motionless!
Then it was like an electric shock
so tremendous I felt my body jump! I opened my eyes and saw the trees above
and the skyline. Then, Oh God, the pain! I was struggling for every breath,
choking on my own blood.
I managed to roll onto my stomach.
This pain was all I could bear. I looked at the sky and saw that the sun
was lower than I remembered. I looked at my watch. It was 5:30! My only
thoughts were how could I get help. I noticed my rifle was not far from
me, still attached to the rope I had tied around my waist. I began pulling
it toward me. I managed to grab hold of the barrel and pulled it up to me.
I fired a shot about every ten minutes, hoping someone would come.
It was getting late, and I knew
I would not make it much longer, so I began crawling on my stomach, pulling
myself with the stock of my rifle. I managed to crawl up a trail that ran
down to the river. It was thick with brush and briar patches. As I crawled,
I became tired and wanted to give up. The pain was so great, I passed out
many times. I knew though I had to make it, at least to where I could be
found---I hoped! Finally, I saw the road that I lived on, and I could hear
sounds in the distance.
"Yes, thank you, God,"
I thought to myself. I began a feeble cry for help, but being too exhausted,
I just lay there in the road.
My father-in-law was returning
from work and found me lying there. "It's all right," I heard
him say. "Help is on the way."
That was the last I remembered
until I saw the lights inside the ER. A doctor stood at my feet.
"Can you feel this?"
"Feel what?" I asked.
He had been sticking my feet and legs. I was paralyzed.
"We cannot help you here,
son," he said. "We are sending you by ambulance to a hospital
that will be able to handle your injuries."
Whether from the pain or medication,
I went out like a light until the next afternoon when I awoke to find two
doctors standing at the foot of my hospital bed. They introduced themselves
as my attending physicians and proceeded to explain to me that I must undergo
surgery at once. The broken bones in my back were putting pressure on my
spinal nerve, causing paralysis.
Then I heard the warning I had
heard before: "Do not let them perform surgery, or you will never walk
I understood completely, but knew
they would not. I told them I must see my wife and daughter first.
My wife arrived with my daughter
shortly after the doctor's visit. I told her what they had said. She advised
me that I must realize they were doing what was necessary to help me. I
did not know how to tell her what I had experienced. I told her it was my
"belief" that I should not be operated on. Although she disagreed,
she honored my wishes.
When the doctors returned and
I told them of my decision, they were very upset. I listened to lecture
"Okay," one of them
said, "if you never want to walk again, that's up to you!" Then
That night I lay upon my bed and
wept sorely. Was I insane? What was I doing?
A light began to fill my room.
"You will be well," I heard a voice say. Then it was gone. I composed
myself and dosed off to sleep.
Months passed, then one morning
I felt a tingling in my feet. I was overcome with joy! I told the nurse
I wanted to get up and walk. She stared at me and said, "We'll see,
we'll see." I knew I was healed without a doubt.
The nurse put a call into my doctor
and the next morning he stopped by. "So you think you can walk?"
"Yes," I replied.
"Well, we will see."
A few hours later I was taken
down to the physical therapy room. They carried me down and raised me up
to a vertical position. The nurse helped me in front of a set of parallel
bars. I gripped the bars and placed my feet firmly on the floor. One step.
"My God, he's walking!"
the nurse said to the other nurse who had brought me down.
The next few days were hard. I
took many trips to physical therapy and had numerous X-rays done per my
doctor's orders. My wife and family were all amazed. Yet, I knew! I had
been told! The rest had to be true as well.
My doctor was more amazed when
he found no bones pressing on my spinal nerve. I quote him: "This is
not normal. It seems a higher power has done for you what we were going
to try and correct with surgery. I have never seen anything like this before."
Since that day my life has changed,
and I have been able to help others in ways I never dreamed. I wanted to
share this, as it is what has led me onward in My Quest for Truth!