No, I am not talking about in the wacko way that many nut-jobs claim. Neither am I talking about all the preachers who claim to have a constant pipeline to God. I still remain very skeptical about that.
I am not talking even in terms of the obvious. We all know God speaks to us through his Word. We also know he can communicate to us at times through his creation.
I am talking about a night many years ago as I was suffering through the crisis of my divorce. It was one of those nights when I was practically inconsolable. In the midst of my sobs and grief God appeared to me. I saw him on his throne with Christ at his right side. Christ swiftly moved away from the the throne and held me. He simply said to me, “Everything will be alright.” Immediately I was filled with a tremendous sense of peace and security. It was a watershed moment in my process of healing.
I realize that I am putting myself out there now in confessing this. To be sure this is the first time I have mentioned this publicly. Could it have been just a dream? Sure. But that still would not have changed the soothing effect of this experience to me. To me it was real- dream or not.
But before you put me in that wacko category- hear me out. I do believe that the Bible is God’s complete revelation to us. I do not believe that God would privately reveal any kind of “new truth” or that he would speak in any way that would somehow contradict or undermine what has been revealed.
But is it possible that my experience was not a dream? Is it possible that God of love would visit us in this special way when we need it most? And what- if any- part does the Holy Spirit have in this?
I do not have all the answers here. I am just exploring this topic. I would appreciate your wisdom on this.