My Journey into Eternity
Gradually, I felt a lightness I never felt before
I saw my body detached from me
‘What is happening to me?’ I wondered.
I saw my body a few metres beneath me
Scores of paramedics and royal onlookers
Gathered around my body.
At this moment, I felt an uncontrollable drift
Pushing me upwards
As I got to the peak of the embankment
I hesitated at first
But in amazement I passed through the wall
As if it were a hot knife cutting through butter
At this point I had lost all sense of the physical
Noises of strange sounds on the horizon
The speed of my flight was gathering momentum
Sounds of voices beckoning
‘Come this way, come this way
We are here, we are here.’
An inner voice was telling me to keep going
I surged on almost effortlessly into new dimensions of space.
My flight continued
I had no desire at all for the throne
The crown had seemed to me a thing of the distant past.
I was relishing this adventure with mixed feelings
‘Where am I heading towards?’ I wondered
The pressures of the crown
The glamour of the throne
The fame, the honour
The pomp, the pageantry
None of these even crossed my mind.
I was zooming my way forwards
With supersonic delight
The farther I went
The more territory there was to traverse
Echoes on the horizon
Became more appealing and inviting.
I became conscious
Of the vast expanse of territory I had covered
Perhaps light years away.
No sooner did I start enjoying my trip
Than things began to take a dramatic turn
My flight was punctuated by a struggle
The voices I heard on the horizon
Were voices of men in black and white.
As I surged forwards
I beheld these men obstructing my path
As I got closer to them
It became clear that my journey had come to a halt.
‘You belong to us,’ one whispered
And another, but this time louder
This sent a wave of fear to my whole being.
Suddenly, I lost the speed
And came to an abrupt halt
I found myself right in front of an anxious pack
I struggled to find the appropriate words
And helpless I stood, speechless.
Out of the yonder blue a man emerged
Clad in a flowing gown of sparkling white
And he cleared my path away to proceed.
In haste I carried on with the trip at amazing speed
I advanced my course as if I knew
Exactly where I was heading for
A sigh of relief I gave cautiously
Putting the challenge of the strangers behind
I found new zeal to attack the distance
But alas, the challenge ahead was more daunting.
Strange voices in total confusion
All at once they vied for my attention
‘I fought for the peace of the world’
Said one, ‘But they say I knew not the Lord’
‘I was clean and righteous before the world’
Said another, ‘But they say I knew not the Saviour’
‘I spared my riches for the poor and needy’
Said the third voice, ‘But they say I knew not the Messiah’
‘I lived my life as a king of the realm’
Said the fifth, ‘But they say I knew not the Creator’.
Confusion and fright then caused me to freeze.
A Flash of Relief
I saw myself in the light of all these voices
I prayed for the adventure to stop at once
But a sense of powerlessness overshadowed me.
As I contemplated my fate
A beam of light flashed on the horizon
Immediately I regained the strength to surge ahead
As if I heard another voice telling me
‘You do not belong with them.’
This indeed was a moment of relief
At last I thought the hurdles were cleared
Wait a minute; this was not to last for long
Cries and wailings of voices in distress
Voices wailing in apparent pain ‘Majesty, majesty, save us, save us
Our lives on earth we lived to the full
But void without the fountain of life
We heard the name of the Saviour at times
But busy we were, enjoying our lives
Save us, majesty, save us!’
As I knew not my own fate myself
Forwards I zoomed with a heart of sorrow.
I pursued my journey, relieved but anxious
Wanting to know what lay ahead
But thoughts came rushing to me
That this was one journey without an end.
Echoes from the deep were deafening enough
To put to flight a thousand chariots.
At this point, I thought I had been journeying
For several weeks to a destination unknown to me
In the twinkling of an eye
I saw a host of beings with wings
Glittering in impeccable white.
Two of these persons beckoned to me
Immediately my momentum dropped
As I saw myself sandwiched by the sparkling pair
‘Come along,’ they said
‘We will take you to the throne of God.
There you will know your fate in eternity.’
Instantly I realised they were angels
A sense of trepidation seized my being
Where I will be, only God could tell.
Journey to My Maker
I remembered at once my oath on coronation
To defend and uphold the Holy Scriptures
On the book of Books I took this vow
But have I done well or have I done badly?
This question hassled my thoughts again and again.
The flight with the angels was one with a difference
The speed just indescribable
The feeling amazingly celestial
Echoes of music were heard from the distance
The sounds from this music were unfamiliar
I tried to flow with the rhythm
But the rhythm was far too superior for my sensibilities.
I flowed with the angels in cautious calm
For once, the misery that dotted my journey
Appeared to be fading away into oblivion
I gathered courage and felt like a royal
But the better I felt, the more the angels
Looked at me in amazement.
Did they know what I didn’t know?
Or must I assume it’s all well and good?
Our pathway was illuminated
By an enchanting beam of light
I could now see the angels so clearly
Their wings radiating
A beauty I had never seen before.
As we journeyed on
It was as if we were thrusting directly into the sun
And yet I felt no heat at all
And my eyes were not blurred.
I was wishing for this journey
Never to come to an end
Since I was not sure of my own fate in God.
As we paced on, I saw in the distance
Clouds of silver and gold
I had wanted to ask my escorts questions
But I hesitated out of an overwhelming sense of awe
That had gripped me.
In a split second, my earthly glory
My throne, my crown
Seemed like a child’s play.
As we zoomed ahead
We entered into a new realm of beauty unspeakable
Thousands or perhaps millions of creatures like men
With harps and flutes in glittering gold
Sounds of music with different rhythms
But blending together in perfect unison.
At once I felt like a lost stranger
Not deserving the bliss and air of glory
Deep within I knew I was not qualified
To behold this extraterrestrial splendour.
Then I said a silent prayer within
I prayed for fate to deal kindly with me
So far, all I saw caused my eyes to open
To the reality of all realities
That this was no dream I was having
But life indeed is more real in the beyond
Than all we know on planet earth
So, in truth, there is life beyond.
Words would fail me indeed
To say in full what I saw.
Copyright 2010 Kingsley Y Amoah