This week I had a meeting with an ex-South Sydney first grade footballer about Chaplaincy.
He was a fantastic bloke and we talked about life and football. The last thing I expected was a story about the strange intervention in a suicide attempt by a vision.
This is his story.
"My brother in law played first grade Rugby League as well. His wife was a Christian but he wasn't.
He was very down emotionally at the time and had some issues going on in area's of his life that he felt were out of control.
We used to train by running along the cliffs that go from Bondi to the other southern beaches, it's beautiful. One day my brother in law was running and he was a fit strong guy, he was ahead of the pack. And he had this sense to keep running. And it got stronger. He felt like if he kept running and ran off the cliff then all his worries would be over.
So he picked up the pace, and he could see the bend in the trail where if he kept going straight he would go over the cliff and he ran at that gap. He was only four metres away when a clear vision of my sister, who used to pray for him all the time, appeared in front of him in a vision.
She said 'stop, stop, if you keep going your life will end and it all the plans will come to nothing'
And he ground to a halt a couple of metres from the edge. Now his life is great, he is a follower of Jesus but that would have been the end of it".
Was this vision simply his subconscious getting him to see clearly using familiar images? Was it an act of God using the face of one he loved? Or was it a vision similar to the one St Paul had which is recorded in the book of Acts (16:8-10)
"So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him saying "Come over to Macedonia and help us". Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them".
Whatever it was, it saved his life and for that his family are grateful.
God bless you - Pastor Baz.