Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I Had a Dream

I had a dream last night, a glorious dream. I saw myself walking in a park-like environment. I was with a few people whom I knew but not people I actually know. There were others strolling nearby. The sky was gray with solid overcast. As I glanced upward a perfect circle formed in the heavens. Looking closer it was a perfect cylinder through the clouds and I could see a bright blue sky above the clouds. I mentioned to my companions how perfect the circle was and wondered out loud if that might be what it was going to look like when Christ returns. As I spoke, our Lord descended through the clouds. His appearance was just as He is typically portrayed: shepherd’s robe, left hand to his breast, right hand raised and bent at the elbow. I remember thinking how regal and erect He appeared.

My second thought was to wonder if He would pass me by. It wasn’t so much a fear I would not go with Him. There wasn’t a sense this was the rapture. It was more that I wondered if He would notice me and if I would be allowed to go wherever He was going.

He descended to me and I seemed to be levitating with Him just above the ground. No words were spoken but He wrapped the arm that had been raised around me. It was not a hug; it was instead as if I was enveloped by Him. Suddenly, I had dual sensations. I sensed my being suctioned into Him. It was like a forceful gust that I could feel and see flowing out of my innermost being into His whole being. He was taking me into Himself.

At the same time I sensed Him rushing into me. It was as though He was infusing Himself into every fiber of my being. We were one in existence without losing our distinct identities. I was conscious of thinking, so this is what Heaven will be. The sensation of this union and communion was palpable. It was not a jolt like an electrical shock. It was instead like a burst of the flavor of His essence flooding through the taste buds of my existence. I sensed His glory radiating within me.

In the instance we entered into that union I was jolted out of my sleep. I lay there in awe and worship as I wondered what the appropriate response would be. I considered getting up and running through the house shouting His praises and dancing before Him with all my might. I resolved instead to lay still and consider this dream that has come upon me.

I know it was a dream, but I also know it was a divine encounter. And I know Heaven is a little sweeter today.


Ben Johns said...

This is astounding!

Phillip Humphrey said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Phillip and Traci Humphrey said...

This is incredibly beautiful and enticing. Sounds almost like an experience out of a fantasy novel - from which I have my consistent encounters of faith with Jesus. It was an encouragement and gave me a new way to pray - for you, the church, etc. Thanks for sharing Jackie.