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Flash of Light

This is a different kind of post today.  I am looking to you for your interpretation or ideas regarding an unexplainable event that my family experienced.  For some reason, it has been on my mind lately.

About 17 or so years ago, my husband and I were at a place in life that was full and extremely busy.  We were living in Burke, Virginia while raising our teenaged sons, working fulltime jobs, and also investing many hours a week building a business.  Many times after work, we would check in with the boys, and then head back out for meetings.  These meetings would last late into the night.

On one particular night, right after returning from one of those meetings, it was very late and very dark outside.  I was in the front yard, on the driveway, walking our dog.   I was never afraid being outside at night with Taylor (our dog) because he was a good guard dog, and I knew if someone was around he would bark and warn me.

This night would be a little different.

While I was moving toward the grassy area, suddenly I felt an extreme evil presence.  I can’t really explain that feeling, except to say that all at once I felt a dark, heavy presence around me, the hairs on my neck and arms stood straight up on my body, and I just kind of froze on the spot.

I had never before felt oppressive fear like that until that very moment.  

At the same time I was thinking, “the dog’s not barking it must be ok.”  As soon as these feelings and thoughts manifested within me, out of the blue,  I was surrounded by a bright flash of blue and white light.  The kind of light that comes from a sparkler.  It was like a flash of light that kind of just whooshed and engulfed me in the middle of it.  In a second it was over…I just stood there in shock for a moment, and then just walked into the house.  I don’t remember telling my husband, and I know I did not tell my sons.

I am not sure of what it was, but I do have my thoughts about the experience.

But it gets weirder.

A day or so after that experience, I was backing out of the driveway.  My youngest son was in the backseat.  I was turned around, checking to make sure all was clear behind me as I backed out.  All at once, that same flash surrounded us.  I was a little in shock that it happened again.  Slowly, I turned back around, not saying anything to my son.

He then said, “mom, what was that?”  Ok, I wasn’t crazy – he saw it, too!

That brings me to a few nights ago, when my hubby and I were out for dinner and a drink.  He shared with me that when we lived in Burke, he saw that same flash TWICE.  At the time, he had no clue what it was, so he told himself it must be heat lightning.

One thing I can tell you…it was not heat lightning.  And even if it was, what would be the odds of heat lightning occurring in the same place on four separate occasions?

So, there you have it.  One of the many “paranormal” or just plain unexplainable events of my life.

Any thoughts?

 


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The Voice of God

When I sit at the front desk at work, sometimes my spirit gets to feeling stagnant.  The office environment, for me, is stifling.  There is a constant drone of voices wafting  through the air that almost feels hypnotic.   My vision of the outdoors consists of extreme traffic at most times….not a pretty sight.  However, there are two little trees in my line of vision that are my saving grace.  When I watch them swaying in the breeze, it brings life to my spirit, and reminds me of God’s beauty.

This morning, I was drawn to take a short walk around the building during my break.  As I talked with God, all at once, my senses were overwhelmed with Him.  Simultaneously,  a squirrel made his way upon my path, a cardinal flew close to me, and a few geese flew overhead.  While that was all happening, my ears took in the beautiful sounds of birds chirping and singing, and then I could feel the sun’s rays peaking through the trees, warming my whole being.

That was the voice of God.

I am reminded of the homily that our priest shared with us this past Sunday.  He talked about “Voice Recognition” and how important it is for us to know the voice of God.

The Lord speaks to us in different ways…through His beautiful creation in nature, through the people He places in our lives, through His Spirit which guides our conscience, but mostly we learn to recognize God’s voice through the Bible.  Through His Holy Word that pierces our heart with Truth and Love.

Once we know His Voice, we are never the same.

How do we discern what is of God, if we do not know Him and His Word?  Will we just take the word of someone’s good intentions?  Will we just take the word of someone else’s interpretation without knowing for ourselves if what is being taught and spoken is truly the Word of God?

Each day that is gifted to us provides us with an opportunity to became closer to our Lord and Savior.

Accept that gift wholeheartedly, and you will be blessed in ways you can not even imagine.

I pray that the Holy Spirit opens our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds to the most amazing voice of our Father in Heaven.  May we learn to remain open to His love and mercy, and that through His Word, we may live in Him.  And that through Him, we may serve our brothers and sisters with love, always living in light, guiding those in need of salvation toward Jesus.

 

But whoever keeps his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  1 John 2:5


This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.  1 John 4:13

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness  2 Timothy 3:16

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  Romans 1:20