MJ and I
Sparrow said from another thread:
I think a lot of folks saw Michael Jackson as a never ending source of amusement/ridicule.
Instead of seeing him as a human being.
Now they are realizing that yes, he was a human being.
Perhaps, in death, Michael will have changed some for the better.
I say this from experience.
Please bear with me….this does have a good ending.
Similar of others who posted here….I went beyond them…because I had a great disdain and dislike for MJ.
I literally could not stand to look at him or listen to anything coming from him.
Fortunately - I had kept my thoughts to myself.
I thought of him as a one man freak show.
My wife and daughter like most folks … wept and cried and tried to get me to watch some of the funeral….after 15 minutes I was so disgusted with all the glory given to him….I got up and left the room.
I kept thinking to myself… "The first shall be last and the last shall be first."
Here's further how my mind was thinking:
Farmer Joe, down the road died a few days ago….he raised a family, lived an honest life, helped everyone he could and eventually died of a heart attack.
His funeral was the same day as MJ's – but it was in a small country church, no glitz or glory. Just a small gathering and buried in a cheap pine box.
So you see how in my mind….I connected the lifestyles and funerals - from the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man.
Later that night I went to bed….all smug in my thoughts and feelings about MJ.
Then a familiar voice spoke to me….there was no rebuke…it was gentle and loving.
It asked me if I had ever prayed for Michael?
………………………………………………after a long thoughtful pause I quietly answered …..no.
I immediately decided to pray for MJ and his family. I know God is not limited to time or space. It really doesn't make any difference to HIM when we pray….it's just that we do pray.
After an hour of praying ……a great transformation took place in ME.
I experienced a tremendous love for Michael….a love that I never in my wildest
expectation could ever believe….that I would have for him.
This love certainly didn't come from me….I realized it is just a taste of the love that our Heaven Father has for him……and everyone.
This experience and love has stayed with me for days.
In just a moment of time ….God changed this O' self-righteous mind and heart of mine.
He showed me I was acting exactly like the elder brother had – when the younger brother finally came home.
I've shared this experience with others….especially other 'elder brother' believers that I've come in contact with.