In the past I've had a number of spiritual experiences. From spontaneous, magnificent, joyous and unexplainable feelings of energy rushing through my body, to receiving signs and messages in everyday occurrences, letting me know things are ok. I've always known I had an exceptional gift in the fact that I was sensitive to these feelings and signs, but the very first time I witnessed jesus, let me know that he is with me always.
I was about 23 at the time and I was going through a particularly rough patch in my life and one day, I was sitting on the edge of my bed and holding my bible in my hands. I held it in my hands, just looking at it for about what seemed like a few minutes and I remember saying "I need you lord". I continued to hold this bible in my hands and in an instant I saw a tanned flash of a silhouetted face pop off of the cover of the bible. It didn't take but a second to register in my head what it was I saw. There were no facial features but I could see the outline of a crown of thorns and a beard at that moment I knew jesus made himself known to me. Although there were no facial features, I knew it was him because of the outline of the silhouette. The vision was only but a blink of an eye but I just knew. I had the warmest feeling come over me as my eyes watered. I pondered on that moment for such a long time but this particular vision was just his introduction.
About three years later, I was in a much better place in my life and my spirituality had grown 10 fold since that first meeting. One night I was with a friend and we were talking for hours about life and the ways of the world over a few drinks. We came to a part of the conversation when it got really deep about the evils that man can do and I was sitting on the edge of the bed listening to what was being said, already very emotional about what I was hearing, I began to feel a great fear. It came in an instant and It was so strong and overwhelming that I began to panic. Feeling nearly scared to death for no apparent reason, breathing heavily, I lay on the bed face down and closed my eyes. The instant that my eyes shut, still feeling this fear out of no where, I found that I was not in the room. I was somewhere totally different.
The very first thing I notice is that I was sitting high up on what seemed to be a small mountain because as I was looking down and to my right, I saw men working on small, square houses like back in the days of jesus. Now mind you my eyes are shut as I'm seeing this. As I slowly look to where I'm sitting, I notice that I'm at a chess board with no pieces. Very slowly I look up and I'm sitting across from an unmistakable jesus. I'm looking into his eyes.
All of a sudden, like switching scenes in a movie everything around me goes dark and all I see is him bow his head to show me his crown of thorns. Next, the only thing I see in the dark are his eyes moving around in a circular motion. After that, I see his face again. He doesn't say anything but he turns slightly behind him and points to a far off place in the sky and it looked like a city. With a skyline and all but the buildings looked like crystals. It was far off but I could make it out it looked like a huge city in the distance. I just knew it was heaven. He turns back around and looks at me and all the while, I'm so scared that I couldn't move. I say to him please calm me down. I'm begging him and all of a sudden he puts his right hand up and puts it on my left cheek and I lay my head on the bed with a sigh of relief.
The next thing I know, I open my eyes and I'm feeling a joy that I've never felt along with a fear that I didn't know was possible to feel all at the same time. The experience with jesus lasted what seemed like a few minutes but in that instance, time didn't exist. My friend is freaking out because she didn't know what was happening. I'm sitting on the bed praying out loud and she has no idea what's going on.
About an hour later after feeling all these intense emotions I finally got a chance to tell her that she witnessed me and my encounter with Jesus. Finding out that you won the lottery for as much money as you wish for could not match the feeling of the joy that I felt.