The shock jerked us out of our seats, and something cold began to wet my feet. Our helicopter had just crashed on  rocks, and water was coming in. I began searching for a way out of the small aircraft, and stopped right it my track when I heard a voice asking me, “Are you willing to take care of them?”

And by them, He meant the people in the helicopter, with me. I knew this voice. I had heard it before… When I wept, banging with my fists on my bedroom floor. When I took long afternoon walks, alone in the woods, talking to the One I love. When I almost crossed the street, but obeyed a certain nudging and ended up staying out of harm’s way as a driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed right where I was going.

“Yes, Lord.” I answered.

“Will you accept this mission for the next six months?” He continued.

“I guess I could. What are six months in the span of a lifetime?” I asked.

“Right. So, what is a lifetime in the light of eternity?” He added.

As I blinked out of sleep, my eyes slowly adjusted to the morning light. My sight was blurred by tears, but my vision was 20/20. God had just spoken to me. I can still see in my mind the images of the dream as if it was a film.

At that moment, I slowly began to view my life for what it is: temporary. I don’t want to go, but if I have to, I’m ready. I do my best every day, and that is all God asks of me. Who cares if I build empires or bring thousands to church. Only God can do the saving. And It’s not about me. It’s not even about my story. It’s about Jesus and how He paints masterpiece after masterpiece on the tapestry of life, for all to see, and give Him glory.

“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.” (Philippians 3:20, NLT)

Fast forward to eight years later, I will never forget that dream. God’s instructions were clear: “This life of yours is short. Don’t get too attached to it. Keep your eyes on your eternity and that of others. Serve me. And don’t worry. Hardship will pass. All of this is only for a while. The good, the bad, and everything in between. I will see you through.”

Just recently, I understood that what truly matters is not so much how much I accomplish, but rather, the journey that I choose. I have goals and objectives, and I would love to leave a great legacy behind. But if I just get to be with Jesus daily, love others, and obey my Lord, my life will have been worth living.