When they told me that I had to die, I looked at them in shock. I knew that I was past the age of death, but why would someone who had run a mile the day before prepare to die? The next day they appeared and said they'd take me to the hospital to die, so I wouldn't have to die alone. I bid them goodbye, told them they were crazy, and shut the door real hard.
The next day they arrived once more and announced that if I didn't go with them, I would have to die alone. The next thing that I knew is that something seemed to shoot across the room and strike me smack between the eyes. It was a bullet that was stealth designed to never ever leave a trace, to shred the mind and brain, and to send the victim packing to his grave. And that it did, until my daughter heard the news and told the Lord her father cannot die.
He brought me back to life, but they determined that they should have the final word. They took me to the crematorium, injected me, and placed me in the cave still warm, the blood of life still flowing through my veins. I pondered what to do, as I was conscious, but knew that at any moment I'd be going to heaven's gate. Heaven's gate would open, I was told, for the Holy Spirit had marked me as "Eternity On Hold." Eternity on hold meant that I would never be subject to the judgment that the devil had decreed. I was marked as heaven's gold, and placed on hold for my eternal abode.
When the head nurse asked if I had gone to sleep, and heard that I had not, she told them, "Light the fire, and make it hot." They made it hot when anyone refused to go to sleep. Hot was for the angels, and the wet ones (the ones they had drowned), and the scared. Hot was for the ones who didn't need to know the fear. Hot was when they knew that heaven's care might interfere. Hot was for the faint ones who needed mental care, for they're the ones who told him everything that he should hear. Hot was for the enemies of God whom he no longer needed to prefer. Hot was when they knew that all of heaven might descend if they delayed. Hot became their code word for secession, meaning those who came before must leave their wares.
So, hot it was and in a flash of time, I ceased to be. I woke up on the far side of eternity, for this was not the plan that was ordained. I knew that had it not been for my daughter, I never would have seen the light of day. The ether thought that I had been a traitor, and scheduled me to die a traitor's death. But faith revealed that God was my protector, and awakened me to see the kingdom come. Faith was every bit the trusted friend. Faith has saved me from the bitter ending. Faith was not to be devoured by evil, for faith and hope and love combined to make me whole. I now am known by many as the young man who defied the devil's call and told eternity to wait until he is open to all.