Luke 17:21 You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.”(NLT)
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Darkness surrounded me. “I’m dreaming,” I thought. The realization hadn’t come gradually but instead hit me full force. I just knew.
Something shifted within me. I still couldn’t see in the blackness, but I didn’t need to. What I felt told me everything I needed to know.
And what was that? What did I feel? Calm. Peace. And a presence. I knew immediately who it was – David, my dearest friend who’d died from cancer a few months previously.
David came to me in my dream!
With that understanding, my dream energy shifted again and with that, I could see him! And it wasn’t any blurry dreamlike seeing of faces we so often get. You know what I mean? Those dreams where the ‘characters’ change from moment to moment and you never can quite see their faces? No, instead I saw vivid color, sharp features. The blueness of his eyes stood out. I could even see the stubble on his chin (don’t they shave in heaven?! ha). He stood in front of me as clearly as when we stood together in life.
He smiled but didn’t say a word. He didn’t need to. With his smile, peace washed over me. I had no doubt what he was telling me. He still existed. He continued to be with me. He was okay. I. Was. Okay.
Do you believe God allows our loved ones in heaven to reach out to us and communicate with us?
I believe He does allow little glimpses from heaven. Consider our spiritual bodies. The true essence of who we are dwells as a spiritual body and lives within our physical. When the physical body dies, our spiritual, in Christ, continues on. Heaven.
What Heaven is like, we don’t really know. Some claim to have seen it; I tend to believe them. I also believe many of us here have experienced communication from those already living full time in Heaven. I know there’s some controversy as far as that belief, but I’ve had enough experiences and felt enough God in it all that I am confident in saying that it is true.
I’m not the only one who believes that God allows glimpses from heaven:
-Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, tells a story of seeing clouds shape a stairway up into the sky on the day of his mother’s funeral. He describes the peace and joy that swept over him. You can read his story here.
-While I shared one dream at the beginning of this post, I also wrote another post of a different experience I had called, By George (Michael)!! Signs from God in Such Strange Ways.
-In the book, Hello from Heaven: A New Field of Research-After-Death Communication Confirms That Life and Love Are Eternal, authors Bill and Judy Guggenheim share the stories of 100s of people who’ve experienced signs from passed loved ones.
-In another blog post called Signs from Heaven at the site Catholic Stand, the author writes about receiving many small signs but feeling cynical that they were actually signs and wanting more. She prayed and did end up dreaming of her deceased father. She remembers the last words of the dream and believe they were a message for her to finish school. In this story, I appreciate that the author reminds us that “We were not created to be satisfied until we reach perfect communion with God. Earth is an exile; we cannot expect it to be heaven.” She goes on to tell us to trust God and put our faith into practice. Such important words!
So, while it is true God allows heaven and earth to come together so that we might be comforted by our loved ones continued existence and presence in our lives, we must not allow obsession with hearing from them keep us from living our lives here on earth.
One thing I’ve noticed, in all the stories people report a feeling of peace, calm, and joy that comes over them. I think that’s key. Those are the feelings from God that let us know He’s with us.
What about you? Have you experienced any of these glimpses from heaven?
Have you found an object like a coin or feather and immediately felt connected with a loved one? Have you seen an animal or insect like a butterfly or dragonfly? Or maybe you’ve had a dream? I’d love for you to share your stories in the comments below!
God bless you!