A Heavenly Vision
By Valerie Garner
I would like to share a spiritual experience with you that
not only was very personal to me, but I believe it has value
to every person's life. I would pray that the precious Holy
Spirit would touch you, and show you how it may apply to
your life as well.
This occurred in a devastating moment of my life. My
husband was into some really terrible things that had
destroyed our marriage, and we had just told our two
children that we were getting a divorce. If you have
been through this experience, you'll relate to the place
and pain I was in.
After the kids had been settled and got busy, I had time
alone in my room. I was praying and crying, and I felt Jesus' hand on my head, stroking my hair and comforting me.
Soon, I literally saw a vision of heaven, at first it was
the Lord and I walking through beautiful green fields, then
I saw a lion eating grass. I love animals and this hit me
as being profoundly strange. Soon a lamb went up to the
lion and they began playing together. I knew then what I
was seeing wasn't earthly, but heavenly.
We then approached a city, where there was a lot of
activity, but I wasn't shown what they were doing, (heaven
isn't boring!) they moved in love and with a sense of
purpose, but it was a joyful, light thing. Not a stressed
out busyness that's common to us. I saw some people
dressed in white robes, but were rather plain, I then saw
others also in white robes, but they were magnificent,
obviously held in high regard and honor.
I questioned the Lord about the differences between the
two groups of people. He then showed me the plain, first
group and what their lives on earth were like, they had
sorrow, pain and hardship, and they worked VERY hard at
fixing their lives. The Lord asked me what I saw. "I see
people in pain working so desperately to fix their lives".
Exactly He said.
Then He showed me the second group of people, the dazzling
group, and their lives on earth also, and I saw the same circumstances
in their lives (some worse in fact), pain,
suffering and hardship, but I saw them down on their knees
crying out to God for help. They gave their lives over
to Him, placing their circumstances in His hands and
trusting Him to move for them.
He then showed me their "after" appearance and then asked
me what I saw. "Wow, I see God in their lives." Exactly
He said. He showed me both groups were equally loved, both
groups were equally in hardship, but the difference it made
in eternity was HOW we responded here on earth to those
He then told me, "I'm going to introduce you to My Father,
you need Him now." At that moment I tried to tell Him no,
because all of the sudden I felt great fear.
I had NO idea I had a fear of facing The Heavenly Father,
until it was presented to me. But it all unveiled so
quickly, I really didn't have much time to protest. Jesus
sat down at the Father's side, and it was like a veil or
curtain was pulled aside, and there I was, face to face with
You know how when you are shocked, sometimes the oddest
things fly out of your mouth? Your brain is totally by-
passed? That's what happened, the first words out of my
mouth were "Oh, You're kind!" "I was afraid of You."
He chuckled and told me that most people are too. I knew
that if ANYONE got even one, fast glimpse of His face,
they would fall instantly in love! It would be impossible
not to, He was so incredible.
I was aware that my heart was exploding with love for Him,
and I had a strong desire to give Him something special.
I started looking around to see what was around me that
I could give Him. I realized that not only was there
nothing good I could present to Him, but to my horror
the only thing I possessed was a sack of garbage in my
hand. I felt bitterness and sadness wash over me, that
was all I had. I had no gift to bring.
He immediately knew I was feeling this and told me,
"Valerie, I LOVE garbage." I was again stunned! "How
could this be Lord?" He told me to remember the previous
groups of 2 people I had met earlier, and said that He
can take the garbage in our lives, and change it into
something beautiful. That each component made a unique
masterpiece, each life totally different, but all to
He then giggled, and His eyes lit up (yes, really) and
acted almost like a child about ready to open a birthday
present, and invited me to bring Him my sack of garbage,
that we could go through each piece together, one by one,
and I could tell Him the story of my garbage. I felt we
had all the time in the world, there was no hurry, or
people banging on the door wanting their turn with Him.
It wasn't like a Santa Claus line like I always had
imagined, having to wait and wait to get a chance to
be alone with God.
I then approached Him and together we looked into my
garbage sack. The first item I pulled out was a rotten
sock, it was dirty and had so many holes in it, it was
barely recognizable as even being a sock. I told Him
this one was my favorite. It represented my husband.
He stretched out His hand, and I placed the sock in His
hand and He said it was His favorite too.
The next in the bag was my wedding ring, it was broken
and smashed. I told Him it was my marriage. I put the
broken pieces of the ring in His hand.
The 3rd item I pulled out a heart (mine), it was bloody,
mangled, bruised and broken. He knew it was my heart
too, and he carefully took my heart into His hands and
told me, "I'm really good at fixing those."
The fourth item was a bitter root. I told Him that was
my sin and I was sorry for my bitterness and that it was
ugly. I placed that into His hand too, He thanked me for
giving that to Him and smiled.
I thought at this point my bag was empty, when all of the
sudden a horrific smell came out from the bag. I looked
around inside, and found in a hidden corner at the bottom
a dead, rotting and decaying mouse. I grabbed it by its
tail and pulled it out and was looking for a garbage can
because I didn't want to put this foul thing in His hand.
He didn't give me a choice here and wisked it out of my
hand and said, "I'll take care of that one." It
represented satan's evil plans and schemes that had
caused great damage in my life.
NOW, my sack was empty, but I didn't know quite what to
do with it. I knew if I carried around an empty sack,
I would probably want to put those things back in there.
He sensed my thoughts and suggested giving Him even the
sack so I wouldn't be tempted to take those things back.
I told Him yes please, and if I asked for my garbage back,
to please tell me no.
I felt loved and free, He even LIKED me! He then told
me it was time to go back and to watch Him make a
masterpiece out of this. He did warn me that masterpieces
take time to build.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal if you have garbage in your
life. Ask Him what is in your garbage sack and what it
represents. I would encourage you to place those things
in His mighty hand, and watch Him make a masterpiece in
Footnote: This happened to me several years
ago, the Lord did deal with my husband, my husband ended
up finding the great love of God, He did heal my broken
heart, and He has healed our marriage.
Our divorce was cancelled, all glory goes to God!
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