“But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.” 2 Peter 3:9

Of all the stories I’ve heard so far, this one has to be one of the most incredible. It seems to be a testament to our faith and scripture’s claim that God is not subject to our concept of time.

When they were kids, Sandie’s family, including her brother Billy, spent lots of good times together with their dad  on his beloved fishing boat, the “Sea Jenny.”

Now grown, Billy had been sick after suffering from pneumonia about a year earlier. Since then, he would occasionally suffer from a nagging cough. Doctors treated it with antibiotics, but the cough continued to plague him.

Out of nowhere, he took a terrible turn for the worse. Billy called Sandie from the hospital. “It is serious,” he told her. He was very sick with double pneumonia and suffering from some kind of virus that his doctors couldn’t control.

His condition quickly deteriorated. His kidneys suddenly shut down and the doctors first put him on dialysis, then on life support. He was in an induced coma when his doctors told the family that they had done all they could, that now it was up to him as to whether he would make it or not. This was on a Thursday. By Sunday, Billy was not doing any better. The doctors said that unless he improved, they would remove him from life support the next day.

Sandie knew that she had to take her mom to see Billy on Sunday, since it would probably be the last time they would see him alive. It was touching to Sandie to see her mom stroking Billy’s hand, reassuring him of her love and telling him that he could get better if only he would try harder.

On Monday, there was no improvement. Sandie and her other brother were present as Billy was removed from life support. She sat with Billy and told him that she loved him. Before leaving, she asked him that, if he died, he let Mom know that he was OK. And would he tell her that he was with Dad on the “Sea Jenny?”

Billy passed away that Monday morning and Sandie went directly from the hospital to see her mom. By lunchtime, Sandie finally had the courage to tell her that Billy had passed away.

That morning was when Sandie had asked Billy to give Mom a message of reassurance. Little did she know that Billy had granted her request before she had even asked him to do it!

“Oh, Billy’s OK,” her mom said. “I had a dream about him last night. He’s OK; he’s with his dad on the ‘Sea Jenny.’”

Sandie couldn’t believe it. “What did you say?” she asked. Her mom repeated that she knew Billy was OK, that he had come to her in a dream the night before.

Billy appeared in Mom’s dream with the requested message on the night BEFORE Sandie asked him. Stunned, Sandie walked outside, closed the door behind her, and cried like a baby. She was missing her brother, but she was also so thankful that he had been able to console their mom.

Time is a measurement of change. God cannot change. He is immutable and therefore is not subject to time.

“Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20

Terice Richards
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I am a hospital chaplain with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. I have been writing professionally since 1981 as a radio and television news reporter, anchor and producer. I earned an M.Ed. from the University of Houston and a B.A. from UCLA. I am a certified teacher for Pre-K through 12th grade and completed the practicum for pastoral care ministry certificate from St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. I live with my family in Kingwood.

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