Guest writer: When God gives us an active, living vision.

Here’s a testimony from a friend I just received.

When we hurt, God is with us.  When our vision of ourselves is blurred, He brings clarity.  It can be something tangible, as in something physical, or an event that the world may call “coincidental”, which, to us believers is anything but, as we recognize Immanuel when He proves He was and is there all the time.  I am less of a God speaks kind of guy, and more of a God shows.  I think they call us visual learners.  I will tell of three instances where God gave me a strong vision that helped “heal my heart”.  In the wake of my wife’s death I became obsessed with NDEs (near death experiences) because I wanted to know what it must be like for her in heaven.  Within six months of her death I asked God to give me a vision/dream of her in heaven, and He did just that.  She was all in white, embraced me, and that was about it.  It was so vivid that I remember saying “but you’re dead” in this dream.  I woke up comforted beyond belief.  I still remember this dream to this day.  (9 years ago).The second instance was while I was driving.  I was a public school teacher back in my youth, and quit after only a few years.  I had always thought I was a failure, but God disagreed.  The vision was as follows.  I was in a classroom where there were some kids misbehaving, and I had allowed it to bother me.  Suddenly the entire class (with exception of the goofballs of course) got up and stood behind me.  I knew exactly what this meant.  God was with me and almost all of the students were with me too.  The third incident occurred just a few years ago.  It is a long story, but I have been denied access to my grandchildren.  I rarely see them, and miss the influence I could have on them, and the experiences I could share with them.  I went to Morro Bay to have lunch with my daughter who works there.  While awaiting lunch time I decided to go to the Morro Bay State Beach.  I walked the beach, and suddenly I felt a presence, an idea.  It was as if my oldest grandson was walking with me.  We held hands, looked at shells, laughed at the silly seaweed shapes and looked for interesting birds. It was almost as if I was in a trance.  Yes it was only my imagination, and yet it was more than that, like a real experience.

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, because I’m with you; don’t be anxious, because I am your God. I keep on strengthening you; I’m truly helping you. I’m surely upholding you with my victorious right hand.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage.”

Read the road signs of your life.  Believe that He can speak to you at any time, give you a vision that is healing or encouraging, or the right song to land in your mind to lift you up and comfort you.  The helper, the Holy Spirit does just that when we allow Him in and listen.

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