He Laughed and Spoke Her Name

by SomeGirl on January 10, 2012 · 13 comments

Want to hear something weird (and cool)?

I have a girlfriend at church who, years ago, died in an operating room for several minutes… she told me that when she died she saw God.

And do you know what?

He knew her by name, talked with her with great joy and laughter, and had the most amazing eyes.

She told Him she was in middle of buying her first house and wanted to go back, and He laughed and spoke her name in the kindest of ways (the kind of way that would have followed with “silly girl”).

He told her He had a mansion for her there… but she went on to say that there was so much more for her to do for Him.

He asked, in a loving voice, what she was going to do?

She replied “anything you want.” (I don’t remember the exact words, but it was that basic point.)

Instantly, she came back to life.


Since I heard her story a year ago, I can’t help but think of God’s love and laughter over us.

How wrong we must have it when we think that God is looking down, smirking and shaking His head, disapproving of what we are doing – someone we can never please, no matter how hard we try.

I am quite sure the opposite is true…

The Bible says He rejoices over us with singing!

The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17

And my girlfriend says He knew her and laughed at her silliness with oh such loving, amazing eyes!

May we sense His GREAT love for us today and know in the depths of our hearts and the deepest places of our minds that He truly delights in us and rejoices over us with singing (and laughter). 




Michelle @Special Mom Space

This is a beautiful story. It’s funny how we will tell God about what’s going on in our lives as if he didn’t know already!


Oh I love this Michelle! What a beautiful picture of meeting God


I had a similar experience in 2008 when I almost died from a pulmonary embolism. I did not see anything but light. However, it was so calming and peaceful and the question was similar: what do you want to do? I remember not caring either way, feeling very safe and loved and reassured that no matter what everyone and everything would be okay. I praise God now that He saw fit to give me more time here on earth with my children and husband and it is a memory that I treasure.


Hers was a pulmonary embolism, too (if I remember correctly)… what a wonderful testimony to the peace of God in a situation that most of us fear. Thank you for sharing this with us, Melissa! I’m thankful he saw fit to give you more time here, too!

Jo Brielyn at Creative Kids Ideas

What a beautiful story! I am so thankful that we have a God who loves us and knows each one of us by name. And, for the record, I have a feeling He laughs at me quite often! :)


My grandma had the same experience with a warm and calming light and there was an angel named Elizabeth. I hope that when she passed again, Elizabeth was waiting right there for her!


Oh, I love this post! And that passage in Zephaniah has long been a favorite – and keeps popping up for me to read. God knows my knows, loves me immensely and rejoices over me with singing. I won’t soon forget these words and image you have shared.

Many blessings, Michelle!

Nikki @simplystriving

What a beautiful image of our Redeemer! Yes, it’s good to remember God isn’t always serious. My Great-Grandmother loved talking about what heaven would be like and she would always say “it’s not going to be a library — we’ll be hootin’ and a hollerin’ like we’re at a pep rally!”

Thank you so much for sharing. Will be thinking about His laugh today….. :)


You have no idea how much I apparently needed to be reminded of this story today. (I teared up reading the first line and knowing the story already!) :D You know the impact it’s had on me. I needed to be reminded….”O silly girl…”


Heather (@hmacmomma)

Thank you for this…needed to be reminded of His joy over me. I want to share that joy & laughter with my boys. I want them to know that kind of love. Right now I feel like they are just waiting for me to “catch” them misbehaving. Thank you…seriously.


He created us for his pleasure!! Thank you for this sweet reminder


This was amazing, Michelle! Oh to look into His eyes and hear His voice, face to face! What a treasure! Thank you for sharing this.


What an awesome reminder of the awesome power yet personal love of our sweet Savior! Amazing story, Michelle!

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