Action scenes from modern movies can be far fetched, unrealistic and unimaginable. However, every so often individuals experience something bizarre, emulating a page from a Hollywood script. Perhaps someone sees an unidentified flying object, Bigfoot or has a supernatural encounter. These events can produce mixed emotions, amazement and fear, making eyewitnesses cry out, “I can’t believe this is happening to me.”
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid, Mark 16:8.
During the first century, a group of women came face to face with an angel. Initially, afraid and perplexed, they did not know how to respond. Most likely, each was quietly thinking, “is this a dream? Did I see what I thought I saw? People are going to think I’m crazy if I tell anyone?” Nonetheless, as this entity vanished, the instructions communicated made sense. Thus, despite what others thought, these women obeyed the voice of God.
After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper, 1 Kings 19:12.
In the first season of Joan of Arcadia, Amber Tamblyn plays a junior in high school who begins to hear God speak to her. At first, Joan Girardi thinks she’s losing it, yet each time she follows the Lord’s advice, things go well. Despite this success, Joan never tells anyone of these encounters until the final episode. Unfortunately, a bout with lyme disease causes doctors to suggests these interactions were simply hallucinations. When others question your own faith, may the Holy Spirit give you the strength to carry on.
by Jay Mankus