Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Values
My friend Jimmy Cooper has one of those experiences that you want, and don’t want to have. I’ll let him explain. 1
On January 19th, 2012 - I was with my wife Christiane in our apartment in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. We had been out on a date and we had just gotten home. Actually, I guess we had been home for an hour or so and it was pretty late at night, about 1:30am. I started having an overwhelming feeling that I needed to lie down. It was out of the blue and I couldn’t fight it, so I lay down in bed and closed my eyes. I wasn’t feeling well and it came on so quickly, I just had to close my eyes.
Within a few minutes I became very nauseated and I told Christiane that I needed a bucket. I had been moaning in pain, out of my senses for several minutes and I knew something was wrong. Christiane brought me a bucket and I began getting sick.
I told Christiane a few times that I didn’t know where I was (this is what she told me). I kept asking where I was and a few times didn’t know who she was.
Christiane called friends to pray. She was on the phone with our friend Robin when I rolled on my side and went unconscious.
As soon as I was out, I was with Jesus. He was sitting next to me and He was talking to me. Jesus kept telling me to lay still and not to move.
From behind me I started hearing voices telling me to get up in Jesus’ name! This went on for a while and I was getting confused. It was at this point that Jesus said, “Jesus is the Son of God come in the flesh and He is your Lord and Savior”. OK, so this is 1 John 4:2 and I knew that this wasn’t a trick.
I still didn’t understand why they were saying one thing in His name and He was telling me another, but all I wanted to do was lay still in His presence and rest. I asked Jesus to tell them to stop yelling at me so that I could rest. Jesus said, “they are doing what they are supposed to do, you just lay still”.
After some time I decided that even though Jesus told me to lay still, I needed to let Christiane know that I could hear her. I decided to move my hand and I tried to lift it. My hand wouldn’t move! I tried with everything that I had to move my hand and then in some kind of panic, I tried to move anything that I could, but nothing would move. I got pretty scared and I looked at Jesus. Jesus said, “You have had a stroke, just stay calm, you are going to be fine”.
I didn’t realize until later that the reason Jesus had kept telling me not to move was because He knew that I couldn’t and He was trying to keep me calm. When He told me about the stroke, then I could understand why the “voices”, Christiane and Robin were telling me to get up.
I was obviously unconscious where they were,
but I was wide awake with Jesus where I was.
This is when Jesus took me by the hand and started walking me through tall grass and up a hill. We didn’t talk to each other that I can remember now, we just walked, but the whole time I could hear Christiane and Robin behind me. The further Jesus and I walked up this hill, the farther away the voices became. I wasn’t scared anymore, we were just walking in the grass, holding hands.
Jesus was on my right side, holding my right hand and the top of the hill had light behind it. I knew that we were going to see something when we got to the top.
When we finally got to the top, Jesus stopped walking and because He was holding my hand I stopped walking too. I could no longer hear any voices, it was just quiet and I felt a light breeze blowing through the grass. The moon was out, it was kind of up to our right, it was mostly full but not completely.
I was looking down at a city. It was spread out below the hillside and it went off to the horizon. It was a “flat” city, by that I mean there were no sky scrapers or tall buildings, everything was about the same height. The city was lit up in the night, but I got the sense that it was “sleep” time, that everyone was asleep down there. It felt extremely peaceful and warm and cool at the same time. I wanted more than anything to walk down there, but I knew that if I did I would never come back here.
The lights looked like flowers. I don’t mean that they were shaped like flowers, I mean they were soft like flowers. They had kind of a yellowish cast to them and they felt good, like they had medicine in them. I looked over the city as I stood with Jesus and it reminded me of a field of flowers that I wanted to roll around in and be better. I wanted to go there. I needed to go there. It was the most beautiful city that I have ever seen and there was total peace there. I love it there.
Jesus squeezed my hand and turned me back down the hill that we had walked up and we started walking back. As we walked I started hearing voices again and I started to cry.
Jesus walked me back to my body and whispered to me and then let my hand go. I opened my eyes and I was laying on the floor with my nose squished into the carpet. I had vomit all over my face and the floor and my body was twisted up. I heard Christiane yell, “His eyes are open!”.
I was awake but I was not able to move for sometime and Christiane and Robin kept praying over me. She finally got me to my feet and started walking me back and forth. I couldn’t hold my arms up, I was just hunched and I kept crying. I tried to sit down on the couch and collapsed to the floor. Christiane got me up and walked me in to bed.
They kept praying over me and trying to get me to speak. After a while I was able to speak a little bit, very softly and broken. Without knowing that it hurt behind my eyes, Robin rebuked the pain behind my eyes and told Christiane to get some ice for my head. Christiane asked me if ice would feel good on my head and I nodded my head because I couldn’t speak. I was still crying.
Things I found out later:
I was unconscious and unresponsive for over an hour.
At some point while I was unconscious I started choking and Christiane tried to sit me up so that I wouldn’t choke on vomit. When she pulled up my dead weight, she couldn’t hold it and my body fell out of the bed onto the floor, face first. That is why I “woke up” on the floor.
Now, my conclusions:
First of all, I know that if I had taken a couple more steps that I wasn’t coming back. Jesus has shown me things in heaven that He has waiting for me as rewards for doing what He has called me to do. I think that if I would have left now, I would have gone into New Jerusalem and lost those rewards He showed me a few months ago.
I have been torn about not going, but I know that I am not done yet and that Jesus wants me here for now. I also am completely in love with my wife and am very blessed at the composure she had through this whole thing. Robin told me that Christiane was AMAZING!
New Jerusalem was beautiful and full of peace.
When people are unconscious they can hear you, just keep praying and speaking to their bodies in the name of Jesus. Don’t give up!
James Cooper a bond servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible explains that the New Jerusalem is an eternal destination for those who follow Jesus Christ, “I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone…(God said), Look! I’m making everything new.” 2
The same Jesus Christ who walked with Jimmy will walk with you. Jesus Christ wants a personal relationship with you. Jesus said, “Listen! I am standing and knocking at your door. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and we will eat together.“ 3
I would invite you to pray, “Jesus, please walk with me. I want to walk with you. I want your peace. Please help me.” Jesus will. Email me if you want personalized suggestions. 4
1 – Note – I edited a bit, Jimmy’s unedited story is available here
2 – Revelation 21:3-4, MSG
3 – Revelation 3:20, CEV
4 – mysilentscreamforscott @ gmail.com [remove the spaces]