In the Sweet By and By
Lee Chor Sian—Singapore
Sister Lee Chor Sian hails from Alor Star, a town in northern
Malaysia. She moved to Singapore in 2001 to live with her children
after her late husband Bro Lew Sey Lou rested in the Lord in 2000. In
this testimony, Sis Lee recounts the two dreams she had when her late
husband fell seriously ill and shortly before he passed away.
Hallelujah, in the holy name of Jesus I bear testimony.
In July1989, my fifty-nine-year-old husband suffered a heart attack that
left him in a coma. Sent to the hospital, he was immediately admitted to
the Intensive Care Unit. The suddenness of the heart attack caught us
completely off-guard. Up till then, he had always been very healthy,
with no complaint of any sickness or pain. So it pained us to see him
lying motionless in the Intensive Care Unit. But our resident preacher
constantly encouraged me, "Rely on the Lord! Rely on the Lord!”
Indeed, there was little we could do, so we entrusted everything to the
Lord, asking for His mercy and help through prayer.
The First Dream
After returning home from the hospital that night, I was unable to fall
asleep, so I knelt down to pray. I asked God to protect and to preserve
my husband’s life, as I really could not bear him leaving us. Tears
covered my face as I cried out, "Lord! Save him from his
affliction." After I prayed, I got into bed and before I knew it, I
had fallen asleep. I then had a dream where I saw myself holding hands
with my husband, happily walking and singing the hymn “Praise Ye the
Lord of Hosts” together. It was such a joy to sing. All of a sudden, I
heard the sound of a choir and saw a very bright light illuminating the
path, leading us to a very large, beautiful and bright garden. Inside
the garden, there were many people wearing garments of pure white, and
all of them were also singing the hymn we had been singing. However,
when my husband and I were about to step into the garden, a voice
suddenly said, "It is not time!" I shouted,
"Hallelujah!" and awoke, realizing that it was a dream. My
heart was filled with inexpressible joy! I knelt down to pray and was
filled with the Holy Spirit, and I thought to myself, "Sey Lou,
there's hope for you. The Lord Jesus has saved you!" The next day
when I went to the hospital to visit him, he was already awake. All
thanks to the grace of the Lord.
Besides my family, the brethren in Alor Star and Singapore had also been
praying with one heart to ask for God's mercy, protection, and, by His
will, the extension of my husband’s life, as life is in the hands of
God. The Lord knows our needs and He heard our cries. By the Lord’s
grace, my husband was allowed to live peacefully for another eleven
years, to keep his faith and be blessed with health and happiness. God
gave him three filial children and allowed him to see each of them grow
up, establish a career and set up their own families. He became a father
and also a grandfather. Indeed, God gave him bountiful blessings in his
The Second Dream
I had my second dream on the night of November 1, 2000. That day was our
forty-second wedding anniversary. While chatting during the day, we
talked about many things, including church, family, and all the other
important things in our life. My husband’s heart was full of
thanksgiving to the Lord for His guidance, peace, and blessing, and for
our three filial children and their spouses. He said, "I am really
contented. I have already reached a ripe old age of seventy. Now all I
want is for the Lord Jesus to preserve my spiritual life so that I may
enjoy my latter years in Him. I want to have a good rest." I told
him that we were both old and indeed the most important thing was to
keep our faith and look forward to the kingdom of heaven.
That night, I had another dream in which my husband and I were holding
hands as we walked along. But when we arrived at our doorstep, he was
suddenly missing. A very bright light shone on our house and the whole
house lit up! I shouted aloud, "Hallelujah!" and woke up.
Immediately, I knelt down to pray. Tears covered my face and I was
filled with the Holy Spirit. I understood what the will of God was. God
was preparing to take my husband home. God had heard his prayer and was
going to answer it, allowing him to have a good rest in the best
circumstances so that he would be free of any pain or worry.
On the morning of November 3, 2000, my husband appeared his usual
healthy self. He went with me to the market; we met some friends and had
a good chat and laugh together. When we reached home, he helped me to
clean the house; then he read the newspaper, listened to some music, and
chatted joyfully with our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter who had
come from Penang (they returned home every week to spend time with him).
At slightly past 4 p.m., he complained of discomfort in his stomach so I
got him to lie down. He did not eat anything but only took some medicine
and drank a cup of water. I suggested going to consult the doctor later
but his only answer to that was to ask me to pray. So we prayed together
and I heard him pray very loudly, filled with the Holy Spirit. After
shouting Hallelujah thrice—the last shout being the loudest—he was
silent. I quickly rose from prayer, looked at him and called out to him.
He opened his eyes, looked at me whilst still holding my hands, closed
his eyes and, just like that, departed peacefully. At that moment, I
understood the will of God. It was time for him to return to the Lord.
But God had taken him home so quickly! While I accepted God’s wonderful
will, being human, my heart was still filled with longing for him! I
will always remember and miss him—a good husband, a good father, a good
helper and brother in church.
As humans, we would try to keep our loved ones by our side as long as
possible. But the Lord knows better. In fact, the Lord knows the best
time. Although I may have wanted my husband to tarry a while longer in
this world with me, the Almighty Omniscient God decided that it was best
to give him rest in a far better place.
Our God is a faithful God. He makes many promises to us through His
word; we can say “amen” to all these—for they will all be fulfilled.
Importantly, I know that there is a beautiful place awaiting us if we
preserve our faith till the very end.
Our God is a loving and compassionate God. Like a good father, He will
grant our request, if something is good for us and we ask for it with
faith. After my husband’s first heart attack, God hearkened to our
request to sustain his life. Later, He fulfilled my husband’s simple
request of rest in Him. As for me, I am especially grateful for God’s
special gifts to me: He had prepared and comforted me through two
special dreams, as well as the full motivation of the Holy Spirit as I
prayed. He had provided a wonderful time for me to have a good talk with
my husband and to witness my husband in his final prayer, being greatly
filled by the Holy Spirit. Our God is indeed a wonderful merciful
May the grace and peace of God be with everyone. May all the glory and
honor be given to our God in heaven.