Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
God knew the prophet Jeremiah even before he was conceived. I think spirits of people are in heaven before God sends them to earth. Or at least the Lord knows the spirit in the sense of how a software developer writes a program and knows the insides and outs of all the variables and functions even before the software is officially released or even run correctly the first time. So the Lord knows us inside and out before we are conceived and formed inside the womb. God consecrated Jeremiah even before he was born. God set Jeremiah apart to speak His words to the nations.
Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me,
Behold, I have put my words in your mouth (Jeremiah 1:9).
It makes me think of how kind God is. He cares that people on earth get a chance to hear from Him. I believe He handpicks each person to reveal a certain wonderful and unique expression of His creativity and love. Some of us find that special design within ourselves and let it come forth. Some never find it.
Others are given a special favor even before birth to be a very obvious expression of heaven. In our day, there is a young girl named Akiane Kramarik who from a very young age was able to paint and write with more beauty and artistry than adults. I believe God has blessed Akiane with these gifts to get people’s attention. He’s saying, “People, I am real and I love you. Listen to me and follow my ways so that it may go well with you.”
In the following interview with Akiane, she talks of having many visions of meeting God.
Here is the CNN report on Akiane. In it she says: “The most important thing in this world is faith, that without faith you cannot communicate with God. It’s just so beautiful up there.”
Lord, would You help me to trust in You like Akiane does? Help me to hold close to You like Jeremiah did. Would You bless me to enjoy a close relationship with You like Adam did when he walked with You in the garden in the cool of the day? When I am frustrated, would You help me to believe that everything will be okay and that You will show me the solutions to my problems in Your time. You are a wonderful and faithful God. Would You open my eyes to see how beautiful it is up there with You in heaven.
Images used by permission from artakiane.com.