04 November 2013

The Day I Met God

About a year ago, I was taking a shower and something happened. Something that's never happened before. I take long hot showers because, well...they're great. And it's when I do my best thinking. No one is around and there's minimal distractions.

Apparently, I get distracted pretty easily, but it's not like I have any family or pets to steal my attention. At the time it was just me, the house, and furniture. I didn't have any cool TV's or nice stereos to interrupt me because I gave it all up. They kept getting stolen.
Space - the closest thing to Eternity I can think of.

When I'm deep in thought, I usually stand with my face buried in the corner of the shower. My eyes are closed and the water hits my back. This is best because it's dark and you never get cold.

Then it hit me. Out of nowhere, I was in a different place. It all happened so quickly. It was like the speed of light and slow motion at the same time (as if that makes any sense). Where I was going wasn't a place on Earth. It was somewhere I'd never been. It was another dimension; like another universe.

Something was moving me or taking me away. I had the ability to stop it, but I didn't. I just let it happen. It just seemed right and I knew everything would be Ok.

I finally arrived. I ended up at the front of what seemed like a floating or suspended stage. It wasn't a very large stage and it wasn't what you would expect at a concert. I found myself standing solo, on top at the front edge.

Everything was white. It was like all forms and objects were made of white light. There was a white floor and a white background (but no walls). The light was dense. Everything surrounding the area was light. You would think this would be bright, but it wasn't. I didn't have to squint or hide my eyes. I just stood there naturally with a calm demeanor.

I didn't turn around to see what was behind me. I already knew what was there. I don't know how I knew. I just did. Later, I would find myself going to the space behind me quite often. So, I gave it a name. It's what I call "Eternity". I've been to Eternity countless times. I've seen so many crazy things there and had so many experiences there, but those stories are for later.

As I'm standing on this stage (with no audience), I see someone directly in front of me about 10 ft. away. He looked like a human with natural human characteristics, but I didn't know who he was. He was about the same height as me and he wore something that covered his body. It's like the clothes he wore were the same white light that everything else was made of. I could only make out his hands and facial features, but nothing else had much definition. In that moment, I knew that he was a good guy. He wasn't threatening or anyone to fear.

We just looked at each other. Nothing was said. He gave me a few seconds to take it all in. It's like he knew I was just trying to comprehend what was happening. My brain was on overload, but I later learned my mind was functioning normally. It was just the first time it had been exposed to this place. I was observing so many new things and taking in more data than I was used to. Yet, I had no problem handling it all. Honestly, my mind never worked like that before and it felt so natural.

If anyone knows me, I don't make the grades. From the standard of intelligence, I'm dead average. My mind just doesn't operate like everyone wants it to. I forget stuff ALL the time and it takes me longer than most to comprehend some things, but there's a reason for this.

Finally, I gathered my wits. The nice guy that was standing in front of me knew it too. He knew he had my attention. Once he recognized I was good, he leaned slightly to his left and turned his head as if he was about to say something to someone next to him. But no one was there. This was odd. I couldn't see who it was no matter how hard I looked, but I didn't stress about it. He opened his mouth and began to say something. The very first words out his mouth shocked me. He said, "This is the guy I was talking about." Then he nodded in my direction as if to point me out.

I was taken back. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I thought to myself, "Is this dude talking about me?? This is crazy." I had no words. A million thoughts were going through my mind. "How could this dude be talking about me when I don't even know who he is?" Then, it all came to me. I knew what was going down.

The guy in front of me was Jesus. I had known his presence before, but never seen or heard him audibly. This was God's Son saying something about me. He was confirming a conversation he must have said earlier to the person next to him. Then it hit me again. This was his Father he was talking to. He was leaning left because that's where God sits. Jesus is at God's left hand...if you're facing him.

So why did Jesus say this? It wasn't to remind his Dad of what he said earlier. Actually, I knew why he said it. He said it so I could hear him. Jesus wanted me to hear what he was telling his Father. He wanted me to know that they'd been discussing me at some point.

Wow. Talk about a serious confidence booster. When the God of the Universe claims he has been chatting it up about you it changes your attitude and perspective about yourself. This changed everything I thought about myself. And that was the point. From this moment on, I was different.

I couldn't see God before, but after Jesus introduced me, God's head suddenly appeared. His head came into view from the right side of my vision. It was as if God was sitting down and leaning in to see who Jesus was talking about. Then he spoke. He said, "Hi Dathan. I've looked forward to meeting you." I didn't say a word. I just smiled. I just couldn't believe what I was hearing.

Next, they turned to each other as to have a conversation without saying a word. After a few moments, God turned in my direction again and said, "I've seen what you've been up to and I'm proud of you. We have a lot of work to do." Then, without skipping a beat, he leaned back out of view. It was as if he was busy and wanted to go back to what he was doing before. Again, it was just Jesus and I standing there. But I didn't want God to leave.

Once I could tell God was gone, I turned to Jesus and said exactly what was on my mind. "I would rather spend time with him" were the words that came out of my mouth while I pointed in God's general vicinity.

Honestly, I couldn't believe I just said that. It came out of my mouth so suddenly! I began to regret it because I didn't want to offend Jesus. I didn't want him think I didn't like hanging out with him too. I mean, I'd never been to this place before and I wanted to be there. Finally, Jesus cut me some slack. He smiled and said, "I get it. I was the same way."

Then, as if he had been listening the whole time, God poked his head in again and said, "I didn't go anywhere." Jesus quickly motioned his hand towards God without saying a word, but his message was clear. Then, he disappeared again. I didn't understand why I couldn't see him except when he spoke, but I didn't let it bother me. I just accepted it. There comes a point when you don't try to figure things out anymore. You just let it be.

I had been there awhile, but I wasn't sure how long. Honestly, not much was said. I just enjoyed hanging out.

Finally, I knew it was time for me to go. I looked at Jesus and said, "I'd like to come back. I want to spend more time here." Jesus didn't say a word, but God leaned in one more time. He smiled and said, "You're welcome back as often as you want." And he meant it.
Riley & Colin (my roommates) - all the Jesus and God you'll ever need to see.

Even though I couldn't see God, he proved to me that he was there the whole time, waiting, listening, watching everything.

The next thing I know I'm in the shower again. Several minutes had gone by and the water was still hot. I'm standing in the same place I was before. I opened my eyes and backed out of the corner. I stood there in shock, but with a big smile on my face. ~:-D Life was going to be different now. I'd seen my Father and he was proud of me. We had work to do.

What I experienced was very real and life changing. I'd never had an anything happen like this before. I'd never "seen the light at the end of the tunnel." I had never seen angels or supernatural events like so many others. And I certainly never had anyone talk to me the way God did. No one ever encouraged me like this before. It was all so new to me.

Although I knew what I saw and understood, I didn't really go anywhere. I was still in my shower the whole time. Paul once said he had visited the third Heaven, and I have also seen it (2 Cor 12:1-10). I went to see God and Jesus in Spirit. It was all very real and very true. And frankly, it was all just my imagination. It was entirely in my head. Unlike so many prophets, apostles, and other spiritual people, I'm bold enough to admit it. But this doesn't discount my experience anymore than what people like apostle Paul said.

Your imagination is more important and more real than what you could ever see with your own eyes.

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