The most recent addition to my library is Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. This credible account by Todd tells of his son Colton's near-death experience and describes several details of Heaven, including meeting Jesus. (Whatever criticism the book has received, I found it consistent with Scripture and glorifying of God, with an emphasis on every person's need to have Jesus.)
When asked what Jesus looks like, four-year-old Colton mentioned, "Jesus has red markers on Him," indicating Jesus' hands and feet. As the years went by, Todd often showed Colton various artists' depictions of Jesus, asking if they came close to the reality. Colton always dismissed them.
Then Todd heard about a child prodigy who also said she'd seen Jesus (Akiane Kramarik), who had drawn a picture of Him. Todd showed her artwork to Colton. A mesmerized Colton said this one got it right.
The fact that eight-year-old Akiane could draw this picture is by itself miraculous. Corroborating testimony from another small child might or might not be considered convincing. What Jesus really looks like isn't a make-it-or-break-it matter anyway.
Nonetheless, when I look into this face, I sense a pain behind the peace which spurs me on. Life's been pretty challenging lately, and the consideration to set aside lay ministry and attempt nothing more than being a stay-at-home mommy has never been stronger. I'm grateful to the Lord for every source of inspiration He cares to use in my life.
I share this picture with all of you with the prayer that you might find comfort and inspiration to remember our precious Lord and Savior—our example—as both Man of Sorrows and Price of Peace.
Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
~ Isaiah 53:1-5 (NKJV)
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