I had the privilege of being in a meeting where Dr. Gary Wood was speaking. When he was 18 years old, he and his sister had been to a party and were on their way home. It was a dark night and his sister saw a truck illegally parked and screamed, but it was too late. Gary died and went to heaven. When he got there, his best friend who had been killed in a car accident earlier, met him and showed him around. He told him that he couldn’t stay and he knew instantly that his younger sister was calling him back using that name, Jesus.
After being in heaven, returning to earth didn’t look attractive. He needed plastic surgery and his teeth were shattered, his neck broken in the same way Christopher Reeves’ neck had been and his jaw was broken in three places. He had no vocal cords. After returning to his family, he was in the hospital for nine months. They said he would never be able to speak or sing. Imagine the nurse’s startled face when she greeted him after almost a year of silence and he answered her back. He has an X-Ray that shows that he has no vocal cords, yet he can talk and sing today. (Excerpted from the preface to: I Died and Went to Heaven. available on-line)
He began to speak without vocal cords and without a larynx. As I have pondered how that could be, there is an answer.
The facts are that Gary has no vocal cords or larynx. The larynx serves many purposes. Without a larynx one can not eat food as it will go directly to the lungs and cause pneumonia and death. It is used by the voice to show emotions and speak loud or soft – and it also serves to bring in air to support your ability to act. Without a larynx, Gary should not even have been able to pick up a book or move a lectern, yet he does it all.
So, how does he do it? God healed him so that he did not become a paraplegic as Superman had been, but God didn’t heal everything in his natural body. He still has no larynx or vocal cords. After being in heaven, He knew the reality of Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Father God in ways few of us will know until we are there in His Presence. Gary still had to find the truth alive in his own heart.
As he moved from his head to his heart, his brain surrendered and the power in his heart began to take charge. Under the domination of his heart which where the Spirit of the Living God resides, the supernatural took over and Gary spoke. He didn’t need the body part, because He had something better. He had the Truth and it changed everything.
We must consider that no matter what we are facing, no matter how devastating our circumstances, we, too, can live from our heart.
Today the question is: Are you living from your heart or is your brain still running things?
I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.’
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
1 John 3:19
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.